- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Rep. Tom Sands, a Republican lawmaker in the Iowa House, says he won’t seek re-election in November.

Sands, who represents Wapello in southeast Iowa, announced Thursday he will withdraw his name from the general election ballot.

The incumbent was running unopposed in a district that includes Louisa County and most rural parts of Des Moines and Muscatine counties. Political parties will have until August to nominate other candidates to run.

Sands is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which handles legislation regarding taxes. He was first elected to the Legislature in 2002.

Sands says there wasn’t one particular issue that led to his decision, “it was just time to move on.”

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This version of the story corrects that Sands was elected to the Legislature in 2002, not 2012.

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