Nebraska senator resigning

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -- A Nebraska state senator is resigning from office just days after announcing her re-election bid.

Sen. Joni Craighead of Omaha announced in a news release Friday that she is stepping down effective Sept. 8 and ending her campaign.

Craighead announced Monday she would seek re-election, following rumors that she would run for Douglas County assessor.

Craighead campaign manager Rod Edwards says she decided to step down because she was struggling to balance her legislative duties with family and business commitments. He says her husband had hip replacement surgery on Monday, and she also wants to spend time with her month-old grandson while managing her duties as a real estate broker.

Gov. Pete Ricketts will appoint a senator to serve the rest of her term, which ends in 2019.

Craighead released the following statement Friday:

"It has been a true pleasure serving the citizens of Nebraska and District 6 in the Nebraska Legislature. Working as a state senator has always been a difficult balance of family, business, and legislative responsibilities and recent additions to my family and work commitments have made me realize that I cannot dedicate the time needed to my legislative responsibilities. Today, I informed Governor Ricketts and Speaker Scheer that effective at 5:00 P.M. on September 8, 2017 I am resigning from the Nebraska Legislature and ending my campaign for reelection.

I would like to thank the citizens of District 6 for trusting me to represent them. Thank you to all my colleagues for your support over the past three years, and thank you to my staff, Michelle Andahl and Bethel Adams, for their hard work on behalf of Nebraskans.

This has not been an easy decision, but at this time it is the right decision. I am confident that Governor Ricketts will appoint someone well qualified to fill my seat. I look forward to being active in the community and seeing what the future has in store."

Craighead was elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 2014.

You read her biography on the state legislature's website by clicking here.