Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Burmeister bows out of District 19 Race

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2006 at 8:14 PM

By Coley Ward

Rep. Sue Burmeister (R-Augusta) will not run for re-election this November.

Burmeister is citing a need to spend more time with her family. Her husband recently took a job in Alabama and last year her 24-year-old son was arrested and charged with aggravated child molestation.

Former District 3 Augusta Commissioner Barbara Sims is expected to qualify for the seat.

Burmeister leaves behind a legacy as champion of conservative issues. She sponsored the Voter I.D. Act, which requires voters to show an I.D. at the polls, as well as the WomanÕs Right To Know Act, which requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion.

Sims was elected to the Augusta Commission to fill the unexpired term of then-Commissioner Stephen Shepard in 2004. She later won the seat outright but announced last year she would not seek re-election.

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