DES MOINES, Iowa -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tyler Olson announced today that he is scaling back his campaign schedule to focus on family matters as he and his wife work through marital problems.
"I am saddened to announce today that my wife Sarah and I are separating," Olson said in a statement. "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 number one priority is the happiness and well being of our children."
The Cedar Rapids representative said the situation is a family matter, but he felt it was necessary to make a public acknowledgment given that he is a candidate for his political party's 2014 gubernatorial nomination.
Olson 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."
"I am deeply committed to this race for governor, as I believe Iowans will have greater opportunity with a governor with a strong, positive vision for the future," Olson said in his statement. "I plan to resume my campaign after the holidays."
Olson said the decision about whether to continue the race was complicated, starting with the needs of his children and his belief Iowans will have greater opportunity with a new perspective in Terrace Hill.