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Athey to step down from House

Del. Clay Athey, R-Front Royal, a 10-year veteran of the House, says he will not run for another term.

Athey, a lawyer who serves as chair of the civil subcommittee of the House Courts of Justice Committee, says he wants to devote more time to his family. He has served five terms.

A key factor in Athey’s decision not to run again is that his children will be starting kindergarten this fall, according to a news release.

“Since another term in Richmond would require me to be away from my children more than I am willing to endure, Stacey and I decided that standing for re-election at this time would not be in our family’s best interest,” Athey wrote.

Gov. Bob McDonnell said Athey’s “passion for public service and his keen intellect” will be missed in the Assembly.

“Clay has been a solid leader and advocate while serving as the vice chairman of the Courts of Justice Committee, and as an active partner on the Education, Health, Welfare and Institutions, and Militia, Police and Public Safety committees,” McDonnell said.

Posted by Peter Vieth

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