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Alabama State Rep. Wes Long, R-House District 27, announced Monday afternoon he would not seek re-election in 2014, leaving the upcoming campaign wide open.
Citing a desire to spend more time with his family, Long said he made the decision after reflecting on it for several months and discussing what to do with his wife, Jordana. The couple has two young children.
“After weighing what my priorities would be during a second term, versus the time I would spend away from our family, we have decided to step back from public service at this time to focus more on raising our two children and on our family life,” Long told reporters at a press conference held at the Marshall County Legislative Office in Guntersville.
Long said he plans to serve out the remainder of his term, which continues through next year.
“Throughout the remainder of my term, I will continue to focus on ways to improve our communities,” he said. “From a legislative standpoint, I will fight further encroachments from the federal government and push back against ObamaCare. As always, I will look for ways to improve our economy and create business friendly policy for the private sector to create jobs.”
During the last three years, Long said he accomplished the priorities laid out during his campaign. Specifically, ethics reform, increased flexibility in education and “making Alabama a more business friendly state.”
Although he knows leaving office at the end of his term is the best decision for his family, Long said he would miss it.
“It has been an honor to represent the people of District 27,” he said. “We have good people in office right now. I hope they all run and keep pushing forward.”