Neither is a surprise, based on the new House Districts that leave them politically homeless: Democrats Richard Roy of Milford and Marie Kirkley-Bey of Hartford will not run next year for another term in the state House of Representatives.

Roy announced his decision in a press release today. Kirkley-Bey has scheduled her announcement and a reception for Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Old Judiciary Room of the State Capitol. Both were elected in 1992 and are closing in on 20 years in the legislature.

“My wife and I have been discussing the possibility of not running again for many months,” Roy said. “The results of the redistricting effort just made my decision easier.”

Their districts — the 5th for Kirkley-Bey, the 119th for Roy — will be open seats next year. Under the new map, Kirkley-Bey’s home will be in the 1st, which heavily favors Rep. Matt Ritter. Roy will be in 117th, where Rep. Paul Davis is the favorite.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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