Ireland won’t seek re-election so she can care for elderly parents

By Suzanne Higgins 

Secretary of State Betty Ireland – the first woman elected to West Virginia’s executive branch – says she will not run for re-election next year. Ireland says she simply doesn’t have time to wage another campaign while caring for her elderly parents, who are both 93, and continuing her demanding job as Secretary of State. 

Her term ends January 1, 2009. Ireland’s decision not to seek re-election temporarily leaves the Republican Party without a candidate. Several Democrats are running, including former television anchor Natalie Tennant, House Majority Leader Joe DeLong, and Senator Billy Wayne Bailey.

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