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April 22, 2010 at 6:24 PM

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Longtime state Sen. Fairley retiring

Posted by Jim Brunner

State Sen. Darlene Fairley is calling it quits after 16 years, according to an e-mail sent to her Senate colleagues Thursday afternoon.

The Lake Forest Park Democrat said she won't run for re-election because she no longer enjoys the job.

"I've always believed that if you hate what you're doing, and you can't give it your best, stop doing it. Life is too short to waste on things you don't enjoy doing," Fairley wrote.

Her full e-mail after the jump:

From: Fairley, Sen. Darlene
Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2010 4:23 PM
To: @Senate Members; @SENATE All Staff
Subject: LIFE IS TOO SHORT

To Everyone:

Around Christmas time last year I was griping and groaning about having to go back to Olympia soon. My husband (who had just about had it with my complaints) said I should wait until the end of this session to see if I felt the same.

If anything, my feelings are more negative than before.

I've always believed that if you hate what you're doing, and you can't give it your best, stop doing it. Life is too short to waste on things you don't enjoy doing.

We never know what's going to happen next, but I do know that I'm not running again. 16 years is enough.

To all of you--take care,

Darlene

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