Rush won’t seek re-election to Orleans Legislature

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 April 2013 at 12:00 am

CARLTON – Another long-time Orleans County legislator won’t run for re-election this November.

Ken Rush of Carlton has represented three towns – Carlton, Kendall and Murray – on the Legislature for nearly 14 years. Prior to that he served 26 years on the Carlton Town Board.

Rush, 80, said he’s ready to end a long career in public service.

“I’ve always enjoyed it,” he said after Wednesday’s Legislature meeting. “I love people so this has been easy for me.”

Rush, a life-long farmer, follows George Bower of Holley, who announced last month he wasn’t seeking re-election after nearly 24 years on the Legislature.

Rush said Ken DeRoller, a former Kendall town assessor, is likely to get the Republican Party endorsement for Rush’s position on the Legislature. DeRoller is also a member of the Orleans Economic Development Agency board of directors.

Rush has been active in numerous committees and boards while on the Legislature, including the Soil and Water Conservation District and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orleans County.