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Graves not running for state Legislature

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Mitchell Superintendent Joe Graves will not run for the Legislature this year, he said Friday.

“I consider reticence a virtue, and my reasons for not running are my own, so I’ll leave it at that,” Graves later told The Daily Republic by phone. He declined to comment further.

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Last September, Graves told the Mitchell Board of Education that “there is a time in the future when I intend to make a formal request” to the board to run for the Legislature.

Board members offered little commentary on the announcement at the time, and board President Theresa Kriese said in a follow-up interview she didn’t know if the board would approve the request.

Graves resides in the Legislature's District 20, which encompasses Davison, Aurora and Jerauld counties. While it's anticipated that two of the district's three current legislators may run for re-election, Rep. Lance Carson will be term-limited in the House. This year's legislative session begins Tuesday, and the general election is in November.

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