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Orange County Congressman John Campbell to Retire in 2014

Although he does not represent South Orange County, John Campbell (CA-45) is one of Orange County’s most highly visible and influential elected officials.  Today, he announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014.  We here at the Rancho Ortega Blog are fans on John Campbell.  Agree or disagree with him, he struck us as a principled and honest politician who had a deeper than average appreciation for citizens and business owners.  Thank you for your service to Orange County, Congressman Campbell.

Campbell’s retirement announcement is available here, and reprinted below:

I have decided that I will not seek re-election to represent California’s 45th Congressional district in 2014. At the end of this term, I will have spent 14 years serving in full-time, elected politics. I am not nor did I ever intend to be a career politician. I am ready to begin a new chapter in my life.

It has been an honor and a privilege to represent the district where my wife and I have raised our children. I look forward to continuing that representation for the balance of the 113th Congress.  I have been blessed to have the unwavering support of my family, friends, and the residents of Orange County throughout these years, and for that I will remain forever grateful.

My passion for the conservative issues for which I have fought so vocally over that span has not waned. But in the future, I will continue the fight for more freedom and a less authoritarian government as a private citizen rather than elected official.

Drive fast and live free.

I remain respectfully,

Member of Congress

And the scrum to replace him in Congress will now commence in 3, 2, 1…

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