Julie Stokes drops out of state treasurer’s race after cancer diagnosis

Rep. Julie Stokes dropped out of the race for state treasurer Thursday after being diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer.

Just as the low key treasurer’s race was getting underway the Kenner Republican, who had campaigned at a Baton Rouge parade on Monday, said in a text that she withdrew because of the extensive treatment necessary. Stokes faces at least five months of chemotherapy.

“So, instead of running for state treasurer to help get our state’s fiscal house in order, I will focus on fighting and winning my battle against cancer and spending quality time with my loving family who mean the world to me,” Stokes said in an open letter on her campaign website http://www.votejuliestokes.com/


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