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Sparks Democrat Julia Ratti resigns from Nevada Senate

November 20, 2021 GMT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Julia Ratti of Sparks has resigned from the Legislature.

Ratti said Friday on Twitter that she was stepping down immediately because her family is moving out of her district and because she wants to simplify her life and focus on her job as the Washoe County Health District’s director of programs and projects.

Ratti has represented District 13 since being appointed to the Senate in 2016. The district includes most of Sparks and Ratti served on the Sparks City Council from 2008 to 2016.

A replacement will be appointed to serve the rest of Ratti’s term.

Her resignation followed a special session during which lawmakers approved new redistricting maps.

Ratti is the second Reno-area state lawmaker to step down recently.

Republican Ben Kieckhefer resigned from the Senate last month after he was appointed to the state gaming commission.