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ST. CHARLES COUNTY   •   Rich Chrismer, the longtime elections director for St. Charles County, announced Friday he won't seek a fifth straight term this year.

It was a change of heart for Chrismer, who just last summer had said he intended to run for re-election.

Chrismer, 71, of St. Peters, first won the post in 2002.  The job includes many of the duties that are assigned to county clerks in most other Missouri counties.

Chrismer, a Republican, previously served in the Missouri House for eight years.

In a statement, Chrismer said he is leaving the County Election Authority which he runs "better and stronger than ever" and that he has been "nonpartisan, fair and transparent in conducting elections."

Chrismer's successor will be picked in the general election next November.

Mark Schlinkmann is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.