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Marital problems prompt Tyler Olson to scale back gubernatorial bid

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 11:38 a.m. CST

DES MOINES (MCT) – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tyler Olson says he is scaling back his campaign schedule to focus on family matters as he and his wife work through divorce proceedings.

“I am saddened to announce today that my wife, Sarah, and I are separating,” Olson said in a statement Monday. “This decision was made only after significant discussion and professional support to deal with the issues facing our marriage. We are working through divorce proceedings but remain friends whose No. 1 priority is the happiness and well being of our children.”

The Cedar Rapids representative, who made his young family a centerpiece of his campaign, said the situation is a personal matter but he felt it was necessary to make a public acknowledgement given that he is a candidate for his political party’s 2014 gubernatorial nomination. Olson, who met his wife while volunteering on the campaign of a Cedar Rapids legislative candidate, was first elected to the Iowa House in 2006. The couple has two children.

Olson, 37, said he remains a candidate for governor but he is scaling back his campaign events for the remainder of the year “to focus on my family and helping them through this transition.”

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