BRATTLEBORO -- State Rep. Tim Goodwin, an independent representing the Windham-Bennington-Windsor House district, said Thursday that he will not seek another term.
In his announcement, Goodwin also said he is endorsing former Rep. Oliver Olsen, a Jamaica Republican who formerly held the seat and "intends to seek election later this year."
The three-county district includes the towns of Jamaica, Londonderry, Stratton, Weston and Winhall.
Goodwin, of Weston, won his first House term in November 2012 by defeating fellow independent Emmett Dunbar of Londonderry.
Goodwin is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and said he also has been "a staunch defender of school choice, which remains under constant attack in Montpelier."
But in an announcement of his pending departure from the Legislature, Goodwin said he wants to spend more time "on activities closer to home." He is a Weston lister, a member of the town's Board of Civil Authority and the town's representative to Windham Regional Commission.
Contacted by the Reformer Thursday morning, Olsen said he would issue a statement later in the day.
Olsen was appointed to the House in January 2010 by then-Gov. Jim Douglas to fill a seat that held been held by Republican Rick Hube, who had died the previous month.
Olsen subsequently won the seat by beating Democrat Claire Trask of South Londonderry. In October 2011, he said he would not seek another term, citing family and career reasons.
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