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Forum staff reports, Published December 30 2009

Fargo state senator not seeking re-election

State Sen. Jim Pomeroy, D-Fargo, has decided not to seek re-election in 2010.

He wants to step back and enjoy his retirement, according to a news release.

Pomeroy said he has enjoyed serving as a legislator and is pleased with his votes that resulted in restoring state funding for public schools to 70 percent, reducing property and state income tax, establishing further regulations for wind energy and setting guidelines for child care centers.

Pomeroy serves on the Health and Human Services, Long-term Care, and Judicial Processes committees in the interim and will complete those appointments at the end of 2010.

Pomeroy is a retired United Methodist pastor who served churches in North Dakota and South Dakota for 43 years before retiring in 2002.