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Galloway: "I had to put my family first."

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WAUSAU (WAOW)--Former State Senator Pam Galloway's brief political career lasted just 14 months, and included a whirlwind of activity.

Just last week, Galloway told Newsline 9 she was ready for a recall race.  

But now, the former state senator says her focus is on family.

"I do have a father-in-law who has had open heart surgery and a stroke," said Galloway, "and a brother who has a chronic disabling condition for which I've been his caretaker for several years."

That's why Galloway says she decided to resign. The announcement was made Friday, after the legislative session ended.

 "Their recovery is taking place over months, rather than days or weeks," said Galloway. "So it's really an ongoing process."

The former state senator says she has few regrets.

"I wish I would have had a little more time to get my office up and running and get things arranged before the collective bargaining bill had come forward," said Galloway.

But ultimately, it was her support of that bill that triggered a massive recall campaign against her.

The recall will continue even without Galloway's name on the ballot.

"The timing of the decision had nothing to do with being concerned about winning the recall election," said Galloway. "I had complete confidence that I would win"
 
Galloway was set to face Democratic State Representative Donna Seidel.

On Friday, Seidel said the news of Galloway's resignation surprised her.
    
"Absolutely it caught me off guard as with so many other people," said Seidel. "Completely surprised by the announcement."

Galloway says she hasn't ruled out another run for office.

"I would certainly like to serve again," said Galloway. "It's a great opportunity to help people."

Online Reporter: Nate Barrett

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