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Lu Barron not seeking re-election to Linn County board


After nearly two decades serving Linn County, Lu Barron announced on Tuesday that she will not seek re-election to the Linn County Board of Supervisors in 2014.

“Today I am announcing I will not seek reelection to the Linn County Board of Supervisors next year," Barron said in a written statement. "This was a difficult decision made considerably easier by the birth of our first grandchild who lives in New Zealand.

"Spending as much time as possible with my young grandson is important to me, and I would not be comfortable asking voters to support me for a position for which I would not continue to give a 100 percent commitment."

Barron says that being a member of the board has been rewarding and believes her biggest accomplishments include ensuring delivery of services to senior citizens and children in Linn County, improving the condition and safety of rural roads in Linn County, avoiding property tax increases and aiding in the revitalization of the Czech Village/New Bohemia area in Cedar Rapids.

“I have worked hard to be available and accountable to all Linn County residents, regardless of where they live, and have always considered the impact to the public first when making decisions," Barron added in her statement.

Along with Barron's seat, the District 5 seat -- currently held by John Harris -- will be up for re-election in 2014.

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