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Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) announced he would not seek re-election to a fifth term.

Rep. Jonathan Stickland

“Eight years was enough for George Washington, and it certainly is for me,” Stickland wrote in a Facebook post. “After much prayerful consideration and reflection, I have determined it is not the Lord’s will for me to seek reelection. Instead, I intend to dedicate more time to my family, my church, and my business.”

Stickland was first elected in 2012 and won re-election three times. In 2018, he defeated Bedford information technology manager Steve Riddell, 50%-47%, his closest race to date. He won by 17 points in 2016.

Stickland is the second incumbent legislator to officially announce he would not seek re-election. Former Rep. Eric Johnson (D-Dallas) resigned just before being sworn in as mayor of Dallas.

“When I first considered running, I dreamt of one day leaving on my own terms, not being rejected by my neighbors after staying for too long or losing sight of the values they sent me to defend,” Stickland wrote. “I am thankful that I’m now blessed with the opportunity to do just that.”

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