State Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, announced on Friday that her cancer has returned and she has decided to end her bid for reelection.

“As my close friends and family, you know that I received treatment for cancer in 2016. Thanks to the well wishes and prayers from so many of you, and the excellent care from my medical team, the cancer went into remission. Returning to work serving my constituents over the past two years was one of the great joys of my life,” she posted on Facebook. Unfortunately, I have recently experienced an aggressive recurrence of this cancer. Along with my family, I have made the difficult decision to enter hospice care and no longer seek treatment for this disease. As a result, I will no longer be seeking reelection this November.

“I have so enjoyed serving you and the people of Florida. I have been honored by your friendship and the trust you have placed in me, from my very first term serving on the Ponce Inlet Town Council to the past six years in the Florida Senate,” Hukill added. “To all of my friends, supporters, constituents, colleagues, and my dedicated staff who have all done so much on behalf of the people we’ve served: thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Originally from New York, Hukill, an attorney, moved to Florida in the late 1980s, as she noted, served on the Ponce Island Town Council. After moving to Port Orange, she became that city’s vice mayor and mayor before being elected to the Florida House in 2004 and, after facing term limits in 2012, she was elected to the state Senate. Hukill represents parts of Volusia and Brevard Counties and chairs the Senate Education Committee.

Hukill was facing attorney and veteran Mel Martin in November.

 

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