Strader won't run for 3rd term, says cancer changes priorities

KNOXVILLE (AP) -- State Representative Parkey Strader says battling liver cancer has changed his priorities and he won't be running for a third term in the state House.

The 62-year-old Republican represents the 14th District in northwest Knox County.

Strader was diagnosed with cancer in July 2006 and a doctor told him he had a year to live.

After two months of radiation and chemotherapy, the lawmaker was about to return to a standing ovation at the Legislature.

Strader also is retiring this week from the Knox County property assessor's office. He headed the office from 1972 to 2000 and has served most recently as chief deputy.

He plans to spend time with his wife, children and grandchildren -- some of it at a house he bought in Daytona, Florida.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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