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Hensley drops out of race for Alexandria City Council

A candidate for Alexandria City Council Ward 4 has withdrawn from the race, citing depression.

Steve Hensley issued a statement on Friday saying that he is getting out of the race. He had filed to run against incumbent Dave Benson.

Although Hensley's name will still appear on the ballot this November, he said he would not actively engage in any form of campaigning.

"This decision was made based on one sole factor, which is the fact that like millions of Americans, I, for years, have been dealing with depression," Hensley said in an e-mailed statement to the newspaper. "While I have a sincere desire to serve the people, I cannot effectively do that until I get back on the right path."

Hensley first filed to run for Douglas County Commissioner District 4 and was defeated in the August 10 primary. He then filed to run for city council the following week.

"I only filed for election on the day the filing period closed, when it was clear no one else was stepping forward," Hensley said. "If there is no choice in an election, then our system of government is not represented."

Hensley said his participation in the 2010 election season will "always be a treasured memory" and one he doesn't regret.

"Yes, I took some public beatings, but that has only increased my character and understanding of life in general," he said. "I walk away with no regrets and no ill will toward anyone."

Hensley added that for the time being, he needs to focus on himself, his work and his life.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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