Sharon Runner

Sharon Runner

Capitol Alert
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
March 10, 2016 – 1:55 PM

  • Lancaster Republican returned to state Senate last year after double lung transplant
  • Previously served from 2011-12 but left to undergo operation
  • Runner cites ‘medical challenges during the cold and flu season’ and stress of campaign

Sharon Runner, the Lancaster Republican who returned to the state Senate last year after undergoing a life-saving double lung transplant, will leave the Capitol again this fall when her term ends.

In a statement, Runner cited “medical challenges during the cold and flu season” that would be exacerbated by the stress of a campaign and four more years in office.

“This is a difficult decision that was made after a great deal of prayer, thought, and discussions with my family and doctors,” she said. “I will continue to work hard and advocate for my constituents for the remainder of my term, but have chosen not to seek re-election. My doctors have stressed the need to slow down, and I will heed their advice.”

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