Rep. Wes Long will not seek re-election - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Rep. Wes Long will not seek re-election

Long said he felt seeking a second term would 'cheat' his family from spending time together. Long said he felt seeking a second term would 'cheat' his family from spending time together.
MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

After just one term, a state representative from Marshall County announced Monday he will not seek re-election.

Republican Wes Long cited family reasons as the motivation for his announcement. Long has a wife and two very young children at home.

After toppling a longtime Democrat for the office three years ago, Long announced Monday afternoon he will vacate the office after his term ends. His election helped Republicans take over the state legislature in 2010.

Since taking office, Long's district has also changed. Parts of Blount and DeKalb Counties are now there after state redistricting.

Long said he's accomplished everything he campaigned on, but felt it best to go out on top. He said his family comes first.

"One of them just turned seven. The next one turns five next week. As a Republican and a conservative, I think I would be cheating them and my family by taking time away from them," said Long.

Long made it clear he was not resigning and will complete his term, which has one more year.

Copyright 2013 WAFF. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Brandon: Storms chance back by Wednesday

    Brandon: Storms chance back by Wednesday

    Monday, February 19 2018 6:03 AM EST2018-02-19 11:03:31 GMT

    Are you ready for some warmth? We had a quick taste of the nice weather on Sunday and there is plenty more of that over the next week

    More >>

    Are you ready for some warmth? We had a quick taste of the nice weather on Sunday and there is plenty more of that over the next week

    More >>
  • 4 arrested in connection to a string of vehicle thefts

    4 arrested in connection to a string of vehicle thefts

    Friday, February 16 2018 4:45 PM EST2018-02-16 21:45:50 GMT
    Three adult males and one juvenile were arrested in Limestone County on Thursday after a four-hour manhunt and charged with multiple counts stemming from a string of vehicle thefts.Three adult males and one juvenile were arrested in Limestone County on Thursday after a four-hour manhunt and charged with multiple counts stemming from a string of vehicle thefts.

    A ground search ensued that lasted about four hours and covered approximately six miles, ending a few hundred yards east of Hays Mill Road where the suspects were caught in a hunting stand/shoot house.

    More >>

    A ground search ensued that lasted about four hours and covered approximately six miles, ending a few hundred yards east of Hays Mill Road where the suspects were caught in a hunting stand/shoot house.

    More >>
  • 2 juveniles arrested for making terrorist threats, Limestone Co. Sheriff reports

    2 juveniles arrested for making terrorist threats, Limestone Co. Sheriff reports

    Friday, February 16 2018 3:29 PM EST2018-02-16 20:29:54 GMT

    Just before 2 p.m. Friday, the Limestone County Sheriff's Office reported via Twitter that two juvenile students had been arrested for making terrorist threats. 

    More >>

    Just before 2 p.m. Friday, the Limestone County Sheriff's Office reported via Twitter that two juvenile students had been arrested for making terrorist threats. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly