Veteran Ala. Rep. Richard Laird not running again

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ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — One of the longest serving members of the Alabama House, Rep. Richard Laird of Roanoke, says he won't run again next year.

The 74-year-old legislator was first elected in 1978. Laird told The Anniston Star (http://bit.ly/13YNa81 ) that he's ready to do other things, like enjoy his vacation home.

Laird spent most of his political career as a Democrat, but he left the party earlier this year to become an independent. Laird said that if he were running in 2014, it would be as a Republican.

Randolph County Revenue Commissioner Josh Burns saids he's considering running as a Democrat next year to replace Laird. He expects to announce a decision in October.

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Information from: The Anniston Star, http://www.annistonstar.com/



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