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Republican District 18 state representative candidate withdraws; party to seek replacement

       Citing family reasons, Sonya Rose has withdrawn as the Republican candidate for state representative in District 18.
       The 50-year-old real estate broker and single mother told the Westside Pioneer she'd made the decision Aug. 11. “I'm doing this for my daughter Lyndsey [age 13],” she said in a brief statement. “I think I should wait and run for office a few years later.”
       Rose was challenging incumbent Democrat Pete Lee, who is running for his fourth two-year term in the office.
       Asked about a possible replacement candidate, El Paso County Republican Chair Jeff Hays said the party has a process to do that and should have an answer before the end of August. He did not offer any names. “It's just rumors now,” he said.
       Hays agreed that, with the election less than three months away, “We're cutting it short, that's for sure. We're going to do it as fast as we can.”
       The district includes the older Westside, Manitou Springs and the downtown.
       In a previous interview, Rose told the Pioneer that her three main issues were business growth, protection of children from pornography and state policies to make women considering abortion aware of options other than ending the fetus' life.
       She and Lindy Tidball had emerged as candidates from the Republicans' county assembly process last spring, but there was no primary because Tidball dropped out.
       Lee, a Colorado Springs lawyer, has won handily over Republican candidates ever since he sought the office. He beat Karen Cullen in 2010, Jennifer George in 2012 and Michael Schlierf in 2014.
       This would be Lee's last term if he wins again. Term-limited the same way was his Democrat predecessor, Michael Merrifield (now state senator for District 11), who served four terms between 2002 and 2010.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 8/14/16; Politics: State/Region)

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