Fighting illness, Sen. Sharon Runner will not seek reelection
Runner, 57, began working from home last month because of complications from limited scleroderma, an autoimmune condition that damages healthy tissue.
“Serving the people of our community over my lifetime has been an amazing blessing and I am so very thankful for their support throughout each of my elections and my tenure in office,” Runner said in a statement. “In the coming years, I will be working on behalf of the community that I love, but not in the role as an elected official.”
Runner had won a special election last year to fill a vacancy in the Senate caused when her husband, George Runner, won election to the state Board of Equalization. She had previously served in the state Assembly, where in 2008 she first announced she had been diagnosed with the autoimmune condition.
Under redistricting, Runner would have been seeking reelection in the new 21st Senate District. Sharon and George Runner said they are encouraging Assemblyman Stephen Knight (R-Palmdale) to run for office in that district. Knight has already taken out papers to begin raising money for the 21st Senate District race, where Republicans have a small edge in voter registration.
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Photo: Sen. Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster), shown last year during the election campaign, is battling an illness and will not seek reelection. Credit: Gina Ferazzi/ Los Angeles Times