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Doogan says he won't run again

Posted: October 25, 2011 - 12:05am

JUNEAU — A Democratic lawmaker from Anchorage said Monday he won’t seek re-election next year, adding that he had already spent more time in the state Legislature than he initially planned.

Rep. Mike Doogan said that he originally planned to serve two terms but at the urging of some colleagues, he wound up seeking — and winning — another term. He said that’s enough.

“I think that this is a duty that people have, and it’s a duty they should have for a certain amount of time so that more people, with more, fresh ideas, can get into the mix,” he said.

Doogan said he also wasn’t excited about the prospect of having to run against another Democratic lawmaker, Chris Tuck. The new redistricting plan put the two in the same district.

The 63-year-old said his health was also a consideration, though not a deciding factor. Doogan had a brain tumor removed last year.

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