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State Rep. Bryon Short to retire this year

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Rep. Bryon Short

State Rep. Bryon Short won’t seek re-election this year. He plans to walk away at the end of this session in June. Short has represented the 7th House District in New Castle County since 2007.

The 51-year-old small business owner cites his work on telemedicine legislation, expanding school wellness centers and helping victims of human trafficking as his primary accomplishments.

But he said it’s time for him to pursue other interests.

“I had a great experience serving you know the neighbors, neighborhoods of the 7th District," he said. "Gotten a lot done in the legislature and I think that’s time for me to have fresh challenges and have somebody new to come in with their fresh ideas.”

But Short said he won’t try to influence who succeeds him in office.

“So you know, I will support the candidate that that prevails, I’ll certainly provide advice to anyone who is interested in representing the district," he said. "It’s best to let the people decide.”

Short added he’s not planning a future run for public office.

He’s the sixth legislator to announce their retirement at the end of this session. The list also includes State Reps. Harvey Kenton and Melanie George Smith.

Senate Majority Leader Margaret Rose Henry, Senate Minority Leader Gary Simpson and State Sen. Brian Bushweller have also announced their plans to retire.

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