Montgomery County Commissioner Ken Lawrence to not seek re-election

Montgomery County Commissioner Ken Lawrence announced on January 13th that he will not seek re-election to another four-year term. His announcement comes on the heels of the resignation of fellow commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh, who is leaving elected office after being appointed by Governor-elect Josh Shapiro to be Secretary of Human Resources. Lawrence is a resident of Plymouth Meeting (Plymouth Township).

Below is Lawrence’s statement:

At the end of this year, I will have served as a Commissioner for seven years.

I never contemplated how long I would serve when I began this journey, but after a lot of thought and discussion with my family, it’s clear to me that “four more years” is too long.

Therefore, I will not be running for reelection as a Montgomery County Commissioner. I will complete my term, and help with the transition to a new administration which will take office in 2024.

It’s been one of the great honors of my life to be able to serve this community, which has given me so much – Montgomery County has been a place of great opportunity for me – educationally, professionally and personally.

There have been high and low moments over the past six years, but through it all, I have considered it a privilege to be a public servant in Montgomery County.

I am not going to do the obligatory accomplishments list now, because there is still work to be done.

However, I do want to say thank you. I have been blessed by the experience, and the relationships that I have built and strengthened. Your support has been humbling, and I will be forever grateful.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Lawrence was appointed to serve as a county commissioner in 2017 after Leslie Stern Richards resigned to serve as Governor Tom Wolf’s Secretary of Transportation. Lawrence was elected in 2019 and his term ends at the end of the year.

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