Bill Owens not running for re-election

— With little fanfare, Representative Bill Owens’ (D-NY 21) office issued a press release Tuesday announcing that he will not be seeking re-election for the Assembly seat he currently holds.

In the brief release, Owens thanked family and friends, and expresses his desire to “undertake new endeavors,” and to spend more time with his family.

“After careful thought and consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election for the 21st Congressional District in November,” the release quotes Owens as saying. “It has truly been a privilege to serve, and I plan on continuing to work for a brighter future for the region.”

Owens said he will serve out the remainder of his term focusing on the same issues, including the passage of a Farm Bill, that he has been working on since being elected in November of 2009.

There is no word if Owens is planning on endorsing any candidate to run for the 21st Congressional District seat in November. Three Republicans, Joseph Gilbert of St. Lawrence County, Michael Ring of Jefferson County, and Elise Stefanik of Essex County have already announced their intent to run for Owens’ seat.

No Democrats have announced the intention to run yet, but Randy Douglas (D), Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman, said he would have to discuss the matter with his family and staff, but would not rule out the possibility of running.

“Politics aside, Bill has been an excellent Congressman,” said state Assemblywoman Janet Duprey. “On a personal level I’m going to miss him. I wish him the very best going forward.”

“I want to thank Congressman Owens for his service representing this district. I think regardless of which side of the isle you’re on, he should be commended for being an advocate on behalf of New York 21,” Stefanik said.

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