BARNSTABLE –State Representative Brian Mannal, who represents the second Barnstable district, said goodbye to Beacon Hill last week.
Mannal, who originally ran for the Cape and Islands State Senate seat and then announced intentions to run for re-election, eventually withdrew from both races.
In his goodbye speech, Mannal said he enjoyed serving, but loved his wife more.
“You can be focused and be the best at what you do and care only about that and nobody else, or you could walk away at the end of the day having done the hard work and be thankful and with a joyous heart, and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to come and represent the people of Barnstable and Yarmouth in this house,” said Mannal.
Mannal thanked his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, saying they do good work.
Mannal also discussed the legal battle that he had with a political action committee over mailers sent out during his 2014 campaign and this year’s bitter presidential campaign.
“One of the weird things about when you throw yourself into this fray, is that people do not have any hesitation about telling you what they think, and that’s continued, and it’s something in one part I’ll miss and something else I won’t,” said Mannal.
Mannal has served as State Representative for the 2nd Barnstable District since 2012.
Barnstable Town Councilor Will Crocker won election on November 8 and will take office next month.
By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter