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Joe Morelle won't seek re-election in fall

Updated: Wednesday, April 23 2014, 08:08 AM EDT

Rochester, N.Y. -- After nearly a decade as the leader of the Monroe County Democratic Committee, Joe Morelle announced Tuesday morning he will not seek re-election in the fall.

Morelle said he is stepping down as chair in order to focus on his growing role and
responsibilities as majority leader of the state Assembly and serving the constituents of the 136th District.

Morelle said he made the decision "with a heavy heart" but with the conviction that 
it was the right one for his constituents and fellow Democrats.

"I have come to realize that the rigors of my work representing the people in Albany, 
my duties as majority leader and the responsibilities of leading my party will eventually 
require compromises I am unwilling to make," said Morelle, who was named to the majority leader post in January 2013.

Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Chuck Schumer issued a statement saying, "Joe Morelle is a public servant par excellence. He is honorable, smart, cares deeply about his community and the entire state. When there is a tough job to be done, Joe Morelle never shies away. He has done an outstanding job as County Chairman, and even though he will be missed there, I am pleased that he will continue in his job as both Majority Leader and Assemblyman."

Joe Morelle won't seek re-election in fall

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