Parker Withdraws From 3rd District Race

Citing economic, family and career concerns, conservative activist Marilyn Parker has withdrawn from the race for Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional Seat.

Parker was seeking the Republican nomination to run against incumbent Democrat John Yarmuth. Parker announced her resignation Monday night. She said she is doing what’s best for her family and her private career as a nurse. She also said the downed economy had made fundraising difficult, given her choice to run a grassroots campaign.

Parker says she will remain involved with the Louisville TEA Party conservative protest organization. She gave her support in the Republican primary to businessman Larry Hausman. Hausman will likely face fellow Republicans Todd Lally, Jeff Reetz and Bob DeVore Jr. in the May primary.

Requests for comment from Parker were not immediately returned.