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March 15--  The longtime Sheriff of Montgomery County has decided not to run for re-election. 

{mosimage}Sheriff Clarence Sanders made the announcement at a Thursday morning news conference and said he'd been thinking about it for six months.  After a family meeting earlier this week, Sheriff Sanders said he thought and prayed about the decision and got no sleep the night before he decided what to do.

"I fixed me a cup of coffee, got me a breakfast bar, went out and fed our horses and rode down to the branch and looked at our cows, went back to the house.  When I got back to the house, I went in. I told Ruby Nell, I've made the decision. She said hold on just a minute, I want to tell you something before you say anything else.  No matter which decision you've made, the family is going to stick behind you.  So I said, I'm going to retire.  She grabbed me and hugged my neck, and if I'd known I was going to get a neck-hugging, I'd retired a long time ago," Sheriff Sanders related.

Sheriff Sanders started as a Deputy Sheriff in 1983 and was elected to office in 1996.  He says when he was a deputy, he got to spend too little time with his daughter and doesn't want to make the same mistake with his grandchildren.

He thanked his staff and people in Montgomery County for their support during his career and promised to be around to help anyone he can in the future.