KENNER, La. (WDSU) —
Kenner Rep. Julie Stokes announced Monday that she will not seek reelection.
Stokes said that when she took office in 2013 she knew she would have to make sacrifices.
After defeating breast cancer, she decided to spend more time with her family.
“I knew that stepping into this role would require a great deal of sacrifice. As years passed, this sacrifice took the form of spending a large part of my time away from my family and my business, as well as not paying adequate attention to my health.
“The dedicated time spent working toward a solution to our state’s budget problems and financial instability over so many sessions has taken a toll. Having spent the last month with my family and friends focused on reconnecting after a busy legislative session, I realized that I have not stopped to smell the flowers for at least seven years, and I do not want to miss any of the few years remaining with my children before they leave for college. Time is the one resource that we cannot get back, we cannot create more of – and we are certainly not promised tomorrow,” Stokes said in a letter on her website.
Stokes has been a part of the legislature for seven years.
To read her entire announcement, click here.