Updated, 2 p.m. : House Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) issued a statement Monday afternoon: “Bill Cleaveland is a great asset to his district and to our caucus. He is a sharp, principled and fair leader who I am sure we will hear more from in the future. My colleagues in the House of Delegates and I will miss him and wish him all the best as he attends to his duties as a husband, father and business owner.”

Original post: Republican Del. Bill Cleaveland, who has represented the Roanoke area for one term, has announced that he will not seek reelection in the House of Delegates in November.

“This was an extremely difficult decision, but after consulting with my family, it is clear that as a small business owner with significant family commitments, I would not be able to provide the level of commitment to my legislative duties that I feel the job deserves,” he said in a statement Monday. “I look forward to continuing to be active in the community and will do whatever I can to help better the Roanoke Valley.”

Cleaveland’s district includes parts of the city of Roanoke, Roanoke County and Botetourt County. He sits on the Courts of Justice; Militia, Police and Public Safety; and Transportation committees. 

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