Kentucky Rep. Stan Lee withdraws from 2020 election

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Longtime state Rep. Stan Lee has withdrawn from the 2020 election.

The Republican from Lexington, who has served in the legislature for nearly two decades, made the decision Friday, a week after the filing deadline, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

In an email to the newspaper, Lee said that he had “put politics and serving in the General Assembly ahead of everything, including at times, my family, my church, and my own health.”

“As a result, I had to make the difficult decision to not seek re-election this year,” Lee wrote. “It has been a great honor and privilege to serve the people of Fayette County. Their continued support over the years allowed me to fight for what I believed in, especially the Right to Life and Religious Liberty issues.”

Republican Killian Timoney had filed to challenge Lee in the primary. He will now be the Republican nominee for the district, which covers much of southern Fayette County.