CONCORD -- State Rep. Cory Atkins will not run for re-election in the fall, according to a published report.
Atkins, 68, told the Concord Journal she made a "hard decision" to retire at the end of the year but felt it was time to step away. She cited health and personal reasons for her decision.
Atkins, a Democrat, was first elected to state Legislature in 1998. The 14th Middlesex District covers Carlisle, Concord, precincts 1, 2 and 6 in Acton, and precincts 1 and 9 in Chelmsford.
Atkins would have had a primary opponent, Benjamin Bloomenthal, a 42-year-old Democrat from Acton, who announced his campaign less than two weeks ago.
Atkins could not be reached immediately Saturday. On Twitter, she wrote: "It has been the honor of my lifetime to serve the towns of Concord, Carlisle, Acton and Chelmsford. Thank you for allowing me to represent the best constituents I could have ever asked for!"
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