Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Laird Won't Seek Re-Election

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Laird Won't Seek Re-Election

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Democratic Fayette County state Sen. Bill Laird will not run for re-election, ending a career of nearly 30 years of public service. Laird has served two terms in the Senate, two terms in the House of Delegates and has served four terms as Fayette County sheriff.

"It's a combination of a lot of things, but I'm grateful for the opportunity that I've had and thankful to the citizens, Laird said. "In a citizen Legislature, I don't think that career is best measured by longevity; it's a citizen Legislature. You serve a period of time and then it becomes somebody else's turn.

Laird said West Virginia's recent rightward shift, politically, played no role in his decision.

"Political landscapes are transitory, he said, noting that he had never lost an election, since first being elected Fayette County magistrate in 1985. "It's not for lack of any confidence in my candidacy. …

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