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Lewiston Lawmaker Won't Seek Re-election
02/14/2014 9:18 AM ET  

Sen. Margaret Craven, a Democrat, said Thursday that representing the people ofLewiston has been ''a joy.''

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) _ Longtime Maine state lawmaker Sen. Margaret Craven will not seek re-election so she can take care of her ailing husband.

The Lewiston Democrat said Thursday that representing the people of the city has been ''a joy.'' She promised to continue to work for the city's working people and most vulnerable residents.

The Sun Journal  reports that Craven was first elected to the Senate in 2008 after serving three terms in the state House of Representatives. She is Senate chairwoman of the Health and Human Services Committee and a member of the Government Oversight Committee.

During her tenure, Craven was an advocate for economic development, long-term care, services for people with developmental disabilities, early childhood intervention and substance-abuse prevention.

Lewiston state Rep. Peggy Rotundo calls Craven ''tireless.''

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