The man who has been the 18th District’s state senator for 17 years has decided not to run for another term.
Just minutes after the deadline had passed to mark the end of filing week, Sen. Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, ranking Republican on the Senate Ways & Means Committee, officially announced that he would not seek re-election.
“As the Bible tells us ‘to every thing there is a season.’ It’s time for my season as a senator to end,” Zarelli said in a statement issued Friday evening. “I will move forward with no regrets, only a lot of fond memories, many strong friendships and the hope that I’ve left state government better than how I found it.”
Zarelli, a Navy veteran, is president of JP Zarelli,Inc., a small business specializing in business development and risk management services.
He became a senator in 1995 and won election to his first full term the following year. He would not speculate on Friday about whether he will find himself in some other state government-related position down the road.