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Sunday, July 13, 2014

George Maziarz
State Sen. George Maziarz released a statement tonight explaining his decision to not seek re-election to his 62nd District seat.

According to the statement, Maziarz said he "did not have the passion and commitment" for another run for office.

The Republican cites family as a bigger priority than running for re-election: "My family has sacrificed enough for my public service through the years and I cannot ask for any more."

His statement does not mention the resignation of two senior staffers or rumors of scandal. It also does not mention a replacement on the ballot. It has been said that North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt will be named in Maziarz' place for his Republican and Conservative party petitions.

As recently as Saturday, Maziarz was still stumping for re-election, attending a political event in Albion and another event in North Tonawanda. Those in attendance at those events say he looked like a man running for re-election.

Maziarz' full statement follows:
It is no secret to my family and close friends that I have been considering retirement from the State Legislature for the last five years. And as I geared up for another long campaign season, I realized I just did not have the passion and commitment that I have had in the past to see it through.

People will ask me why now and the simple answer is there is never the perfect time to step away. I had the honor of following the late John Daly into the State Senate. I remember him telling me when he left the Senate it was simply time for the next generation of leaders in the Legislature. After nearly two decades in office, I fully understand what he meant and feel that way today.

My second daughter gets married this summer and that is a much bigger priority for me than another grueling campaign. My family has sacrificed enough for my public service through the years and I cannot ask for any more.

To the people of Niagara, Orleans and Monroe counties who I have had the pleasure to represent since 1995, I extend my heart felt appreciation for your continued support. I always told people that being your Senator was the greatest job in the world, one I dedicated myself to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We accomplished great things and I did my best to help my constituents with any problem…big or small. Thank you for giving a kid from North Tonawanda the chance to fulfill his dream of serving in the State Senate.

For more George Maziarz news on East Niagara Post, click here.


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