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After 34 years in office, Sen. Austin Allran announced Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2014.
Allran, who represents both Catawba and Alexander counties, is the senior member of the State Senate and ranks number-one in seniority among Republicans in both houses of the General Assembly.
To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.