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Sen. Seward says bladder cancer treatments will prevent re-election bid

Longtime New York State Senator Jim Seward (R-Oneonta) will not seek re-election in the 51st District.

The Republican, who was first elected in 1986 made the announcement on Monday that he would end his elected career in 2020.

Cancer treatments were said to be the driving force behind his decision. Doctors told him that those treatments for bladder cancer would likely take him off the campaign trail, and limit his ability to work beyond this year.

“I have decided not to seek reelection in 2020 and will retire from the senate when my current term, my 17th, expires at the end of the year. While I have responded well to cancer treatments, my physicians have advised me that treatments will continue for the foreseeable future limiting my ability to maintain the rigorous schedule needed to campaign for re-election. This is the right decision for my health, my family, and the people of the 51st Senate District,” Seward said in a statement.

““I want to stress that this decision is in no way related to majority or minority standing in the senate. I have effectively served under both scenarios and have always fought for the best interests of my constituents no matter the party in power – which is exactly what I will continue to do for the remainder of my term,” he continued. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in the state senate and sincerely thank the voters for their support and confidence. The sacred trust bestowed in me by those I have had the privilege to represent has always been foremost on my mind.”

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