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Rich Semler Drops Out Of Race For State's Top Education Job

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- Rich Semler says dropping out was an easy choice.

Doctor Semler says he didn't make a decision until Saturday morning to withdraw his name as a candidate for Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Recently, his wife Ginny, a retired teacher, learned one of her kidneys had stopped working. Semler says he knew his focus and attention needed to be with his wife and family. He says taking on a larger role under these circumstances wouldn't be right.

"It would've been a very hard campaign on my wife and she's always put me first. This office was important to me, but not that important," said Semler.

Doctor Semler's wife, Ginny didn't want to go on camera, but says she is doing well. After working 55 to 60 hours-a-week, as the Superintendent, Semler says he and Ginny will now spend time traveling the world, trying to enjoy time together as a family.

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