Peter Galbraith (Reformer file photo)
Peter Galbraith (Reformer file photo)

BRATTLEBORO -- Sen. Peter Galbraith announced Monday that he will not be seeking re-election to the Vermont Senate this year.

Galbraith of Towshend was first elected in 2010 for one of Windham County's two seats in the Senate.

Galbraith is the former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations in Afghanistan and he said he was going to be devoting more of his time in the coming year to help find a solution to Syria's civil war.

"Vermont has a citizens' legislature, and while serving in the Senate, I have continued my international work," he said in a press release. "In recent months I have become increasingly involved in an informal effort aimed at finding a political solution to Syria's Civil War, working (with) Syria's Kurdish and Christian minorities to help them develop strategies to best protect their communities. I have concluded I cannot do this and still devote the necessary time to my work in Montpelier."

Becca Balint, from Brattleboro and Joan Bowman, of Putney, have both announced that they will be seeking a seat in the Senate this year.

Sen. Jeanette White told the Reformer on Monday that she had filed her papers for re-election to the Senate seat she has held since 2003.