Magazine article Techniques

Billings Won't Run for Office

Magazine article Techniques

Billings Won't Run for Office

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Judith Billings has decided not to run for Congress after her second term as Washington state's Superintendent of Public Instruction ends in January. The Vocational Education Journal ("Keeping Up," March 1996) reported on Billings' congressional consideration and her announcement that she is HIV-positive. Billings contracted the virus after several years of unsuccessful artificial insemination procedures that she began undergoing in the late 1970s.

In July, Billings told Techniques she was "feeling great" and responding extremely well to a three-part AZT (azidothymidine) antiviral drug treatment. She said she has a full agenda until her term ends; budget planning tops the list. After that, Billings is looking forward to planning her own schedule.

"Never in my working life have I not actually had a full-time job," Billings says. "This is going to be a really neat opportunity to be a little more flexible and be able to concentrate on issues that are very important to me. …

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