Former Bowling Green City Commissioner Brian "Slim" Nash announced on Facebook over the weekend that he'll be dropping out of his race for re-election immediately to focus on the health of his daughter. He'll make it official Monday by turning in paperwork at the county's clerk's office to remove his name from the ballot.
Nash told WKU Public Radio 15 year old Presley has been diagnosed with choledochal cysts that impedes the normal action between her liver and stomach and could become cancerous if not treated. Her surgery is set for September 2nd with a 6 to 8 week recovery period expected...a period coinciding with the fall campaign season.
Nash said he consulted with both of his children before making his decision and it was especially hard on Presley since he's either been in public office or campaigning for it ever since she was born. "Being part of the city commission is a big part of what I do and who I am," he said, "Now, my love for my family has to come before my love for the city of Bowling Green."
Nash served as city commissioner from 2004-2012 when he lost a bid for re-election. He was campaigning for re-election to the seat in November.
Nash told WKU Public Radio "It's a hard decision to walk away, but I need to walk away right now," but he added, "there's always a future in politics."