FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Hank Hove said he will not seek reelection when his term expires in October.
''It's time, and at my age I think I deserve it,'' Hove told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
Hove, 60, said family considerations were the driving force behind the decision. Hove's wife, Fran, an assistant principal at Ryan Middle School, will also retire at the end of the school year in June.
Although he is leaving office, Hove said he plans to stay involved with the Alaska Gasline Port Authority and the push to establish a gas pipeline for the state.
Before he entered the political arena, Hove served as president of Northern Television Inc., which owned Channel 11 KTVF TV and two radio stations. He has lived in Fairbanks for nearly 30 years.
His political career began with election to the borough assembly in 1988. He served three terms as an assemblyman before winning election as mayor in 1997.
During his retirement, Hove said he plans to take a cruise, play some golf and do part-time consulting work.
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