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Hetherington Won't Run for Another House Term

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – State Rep. John Hetherington, who has represented New Canaan and parts of Wilton for a decade in the General Assembly, will not seek another term this fall.

According to a statement from Thomas O'Dea, Hetherington said he will not run for a sixth term as representative in the 125th District. Hetherington ran unopposed for his fifth term in November 2010.

In a statement released from Hetherington's office, he said that serving the past 10 years had been great. “The chance to help constituents and share the good fight in Hartford has given me an experience for which I will always be grateful," he said.

But after a conversation with his wife, Hope, they both decided that this is the time "to move forward."

"Hope and I have concluded that there are things to learn, places to explore and experiences to share that I don’t want to miss. So with thanks and some sadness, but no lack of certainty, I have decided not to seek another term,” Hetherington said.

O’Dea, a Republican currently on the New Canaan Town Council, announced Wednesday that he will run for Hetherington's seat this fall.

O’Dea cited his six years on the Town Council and his experience as an attorney, which, he said, make him “uniquely qualified to represent New Canaan and Wilton in Hartford." He added, “I have a number of close friends in the General Assembly - on both sides of the aisle - with whom I will work tirelessly if I am elected.”

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