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Amherst State Rep. Ellen Story Won't Run For 13th Term

Hampshire Gazette

One of the longest-serving members of the state legislature from western Massachusetts has announced plans to retire.  

Democratic State Rep. Ellen Story of Amherst confirmed Thursday she will not seek re-election this year after nearly a quarter century in the legislature.

" It is a long ways between Boston and Amherst," Story said in an interview. " I've decided to let someone else have a turn at this wonderful wonderful job."

Story, who was first elected in 1992, has championed women’s and progressive social issues and advocated for more funding for public higher education. She said before she retires she hopes to pass bills she’s sponsored for several years on workplace bullying and GMO labeling.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.