Third Pa. GOP state senator won’t seek re-election

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A three-term state senator from southeastern Pennsylvania won’t seek re-election next year, becoming the third Republican planning to leave the chamber.

Sen. Edwin Erickson of Delaware County said Friday that elected officials shouldn’t stay for too long in a job and he feels it’ll be time for him to leave after almost 13 years.

The 75-year-old Erickson holds a Republican leadership post as chair of its policy committee. As accomplishments, he cited legislation he sponsored to boost funding for community health clinics and require electric utilities to invest in alternative energy.

Erickson won a special election in 2001.

Republicans hold a narrow 27-23 Senate majority and Democrats have long believed they could capture Erickson’s seat in an open race. Sens. Michael Waugh of York County and Michael Brubaker of Lancaster County are also leaving next year.

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