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Cleaveland will not run again for House

Del. William Cleaveland, R-Botetourt County, today announced he will step aside after one term in the House of Delegates, citing family concerns and his private law practice.

Cleaveland’s announcement was met with disappointment from fellow lawyers and legislators at a meeting of the Salem/Roanoke County Bar Association.

“He has really been a first-rate delegate,” said Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke.

Del. Greg Habeeb, R-Salem, echoed those sentiments, with both Edwards and Habeeb lamenting the decline in the number of working lawyers in the General Assembly.

“What’s really lacking in Richmond is practicing attorneys,” Habeeb said.

Cleaveland’s legislative legacy is marked by his victory over tourism lobbyists to give Roanoke and Salem the option of starting schools before Labor Day.

“It was a significant experience for me,” Cleaveland said of his behind-the-scenes effort to win votes for the school bill.

By Peter Vieth

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