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Sims bows out of state rep's race

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By Linda Ireland

 Dottie Sims, Democratic candidate to represent the 19th state House District, has dropped out of the race. 

Sims said Monday she withdrew for “personal reasons.” The Kentucky Secretary of State website noted she withdrew Sept. 7. 

Sims said she “really enjoyed being a public servant” but also enjoys being a grandmother. Her desire to spend time with grandchildren Anna, 4; Jonathan, 2; and Katie, 2, means cutting back on other activities.

“They’re only young once,” she said, “and they grow up fast.”

She’d like also to take a long overdue vacation.

She continues to work in her family-owned business, Hart County Auto Parts.

Sims was on the ballot facing incumbent Republican Rep. Michael Meredith of Brownsville. Meredith defeated Sims for a two-year term in 2010.

The 19th State House seat covers LaRue, Edmonson and Hart counties. 

Sims represented the district from 1997 to 2004. After losing in 2004 to Terry Shelton, she won back the seat and held it 2007-11. 

Sims defeated Phinis Vernon Hundley of Hodgenville in the May Democratic primary.

Meredith said he enjoyed campaigning but he can now focus “on serving the district.”

“I’m tickled to have this opportunity again,” he said.