GOSHEN – Citing his health concerns and desire to spend more time with his family, Orange County Executive Edward Diana announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection this fall.
He feels his administration has accomplished much in his almost 12 years. His long list of accomplishments was topped by what he called high integrity.
“When I became county executive I realized that one true mission I had was to leave Orange County better than it was I was entrusted by the people of Orange County to do what was right and necessary as your county executive and as their county executive,” he said.
Diana, who is finishing up his third four-year term, was diagnosed last year with non-alcohol fatty liver disease and is in need of a transplant and could get a call at a moment’s notice to report to the hospital for surgery.
Diana had previously said he would run again, but never made a formal announcement. At this time, that leaves two Republicans, Michael Sweeton and Steven Neuhaus, and one Democrat, Roxanne Donnery, as declared candidates.
Diana said his liver ailment “has taken a toll on my health. That must come first.” He said he wants to “replenish my energy, get my liver transplant and recharge my physical batteries.”