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Rukavina won’t seek re-election to County Board

St. Louis County Commissioner Tom Rukavina will not seek re-election this fall, his assistant confirmed Friday.

The former state representative from Pike Township was first elected to the County Board in 2014 and said last month he was “planning on running again” for another four-year term representing the 4th District, which covers a massive swath of northern and eastern St. Louis County.

Rukavina did not immediately return a request for comment on his about-face Friday.

The Ely Echo first reported Rukavina’s impending retirement and said it was due to health reasons. The paper also reported former Ely Mayor Roger Skraba will run for the seat.