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Published January 17, 2012, 10:11 AM

Grand Forks Rep. Winrich not seeking re-election

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Grand Forks state Rep. Lonny Winrich (WIN'-rick) said Monday he won't run for re-election this year.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Grand Forks state Rep. Lonny Winrich (WIN'-rick) said Monday he won't run for re-election this year.

Winrich has served for five sessions in the North Dakota House. The 74-year-old Winrich is a Democrat and retired math professor at the University of North Dakota.

Winrich was known in the Legislature as a tax expert. He often challenged Republican plans to cut state income taxes, saying the proposals usually favored people with higher incomes.

He's been a member of the North Dakota House's Finance and Taxation Committee. Winrich now serves on a legislative committee that is studying a proposal to abolish North Dakota property taxes.

Winrich says he's retiring for personal reasons, and takes away "many fond memories of working with people from across the state."

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