Ulster DA Clegg not seeking re-election

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Ulster DA David Clegg

KINGSTON – Ulster County District Attorney David Clegg announced Monday that he will not seek re-election for another four-year term in the fall.

“I will continue my vocation as an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church,” he said. “Most importantly, I will spend more time with my wife, Karen, and family, including my precious 18-month-old granddaughter.

The 70-year-old Clegg did not rule out returning to the practice of law in the future.

The DA said his decision was a difficult one, to “balance what is in the best interests of my family, including making them my number one priority while we deal with a serious health issue affecting a family member.”

Clegg said the end of his tenure as district attorney “bookends my career in public service” which began as a law clerk at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, continued as a VISTA volunteer doing civil rights work and criminal defense for the Lakota Sioux, and will conclude with his service to the people of Ulster County, his home for more than 40 years.