LINCOLN, Neb. — 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.