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Rep. Rachel Hood announces decision not to seek reelection beyond 2024

State Rep. Rachel Hood (D-Grand Rapids) announced Monday she won't seek re-election in 2024, telling constituents "it's time to prioritize my family."

State Rep. Rachel Hood (D-Grand Rapids) announced Monday she will not seek reelection in the state House in 2024. 

"Over the last several years, I worked tirelessly to represent Greater Grand Rapids, raise my family and care for my parents at the end of their lives," Hood said in a press release. "It was a powerful experience that drilled home the ephemeral nature of the years I have left with children at home. It's time to prioritize my family."

Hood represents the 81st House District which includes Northeast Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Township, Ada Township and Plainfield Township.

Hood, elected in 2018, successfully retained her seat through consecutive election wins in 2020 and 2022.

"Rachel Hood showed us just how powerful it is to send a determinded mom to Lansing to fight for her kids," said Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) in a press release. "I didn't expect her to conclude her service in the state legislature before me, but I am honored to celebrate the positive impacts she's had on our region and the state..." 

Looking back at her five years in office, Hood's team highlighted her accomplishments in expanding the Working Families Tax Credit to 30%, securing more than $100 million investment in the Grand River Corridor, contributing to investments in K-12 through higher education and her efforts toward a "green, 21st century economy."

Prior to working in the Legislature, Hood worked in leadership positions for a number of nonprofit and community organizations around Grand Rapids, including executive director of the West Grand Neighborhood Organization, co-creator of Local First of West Michigan and a decade as the executive director of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

According to the press release, Hood plans to return to work in the private sector after her term ends on Dec. 31, 2024.

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