Rep. William Snyder will not seek another term

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Rep. William Snyder, the quiet, unpretentious legislator who will walk a block out of his way to avoid the limelight, strode into it willingly Tuesday.

With cameras blazing, friends and family at his side, the Stuart Republican announced that he will not seek re-election to his House seat in 2012 but will pursue instead the office he’s always wanted — sheriff of Martin County.

Among those joining Snyder for the announcement in Stuart were Congressman Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta and state Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart.

“It’s been the greatest honor of my life to serve the people of my district in Tallahassee,” Snyder said told Sunshine State News. “And I will continue to do so through the current term. But my heart has always been in law enforcement, and I want to stay as close as I can to my grandchildren.”

“You know what? I could easily slip behind the wheel of a police car right now and feel just as at home as I do in an easy chair. It would be like I never left the job.”

Snyder explained why he is announcing so far in advance of the election. In the first place, he said, Martin County Sheriff Bob Crowder has said he plans to retire. And “I couldn’t wait until the last minute. I filed the papers already to show there’s no turning back.

“I’m going forward with this,” he said. “It gives my party time to give other people a chance to take my place.” Continue reading Nancy Smith’s piece

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