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Cox will not seek re-election

Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 11:17 am

Del. John Cox, R-Hanover, whose 55th House District includes part of Caroline County, has decided not to seek re-election after two terms in the House of Delegates.

The 68-year-old conservative GOP lawmaker informed Republicans of his decision in a letter last week. House District 55 also includes part of Spotsylvania and also Hanover.

Cox lives near Ashland and operates  a trucking business. All 100 seats in the House of Delegates are up for election in November.

Cox wants to spend more time with his wife, Dottie, and their 3-month-old granddaughter, Reagan, he told other media outlets.

However, he also made it clear he was tired of politics. He got not satisfaction in playing “political games” in the General Assembly, he told The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

“This past session was particularly frustrating and sometimes I asked myself, ‘Why am I here?’ ” said Cox.

He was a critic of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposal to overhaul state funding for roads and other transportation projects. Cox had pushed for an increase in the gas tax; McDonnell sought to eliminate it and use other sources of revenue.

The measure, which the governor is expected to sign, was “too complex and far beyond what was needed,” said Cox. “It was a little bit of smoke and mirrors, and I am disappointed that is passed,” he told the newspaper.

Cox told the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star the transportation overhaul was “a hodgepodge of tax increases.”

“We operate a business on our bottom-line profit in order to continue to stay in business,” he told The Free Lance-Star. “Unfortunately, the bottom line in the government is some other person’s pocketbook, i.e., the taxpayer.”

Republicans in his district will choose a candidate in a June 11 primary. Candidates have between March 11-28 to file with the party.

House District 55 is a GOP stronghold. Republican Frank Hargrove Sr. held the seat from 1982-2010.