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DEKALB JUNCTION — DeKalb Supervisor Larry D. Denesha decided not to run for re-election this year, in part to launch a campaign for the St. Lawrence County legislative seat held by Frederick S. Morrill that comes up for re-election in 2014.

Mr. Denesha, a Republican, said running for the legislature is something he has thought about since before he became the town’s supervisor two terms ago.

He decided last fall not to run again for supervisor and informed his council of his decision in January.

“I’m a firm believer in term limits,” Mr. Denesha said. “I think two terms is enough. You get comfortable.”

Another big reason for stepping down this year from town government is so DeKalb would not be left without a supervisor mid-term if Mr. Denesha is successful in his bid for a legislative seat.

“Obviously District 6 is big,” Mr. Denesha said. “This will give me the opportunity to get out and meet people.”

Mr. Denesha told Mr. Morrill, a Democrat, of his intentions face-to-face.

“It’s nothing personal. I think Fred’s done a good job. Obviously, we have some philosophical differences. I just think it’s time for a change,” Mr. Denesha said. “I think the county board is actually a bit dysfunctional. Everything seems to be party line. I really don’t think we’ve got bipartisan politics. It’s about doing what’s right.”

Mr. Denesha, 64, said he believes his experience working at Alcoa for 32 years in maintenance and safety — 30 of them as a supervisor — and at Clarkson University, where he oversees construction projects, and his time as DeKalb supervisor qualifies him to be a legislator.

A fellow Republican and town council member, John M. Frary, is running in Mr. Denesha’s stead for supervisor.

“When I found out he was not running, I decided to,” said Mr. Frary, who served a previous term as supervisor eight years ago. “I was more than satisfied with the job he was doing. He is a good supervisor.”

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