List of legislators reconsidering re-election grows
Monday, January 8, 2018
With the constant state of chaos around state legislative, judicial, and congressional districts, lawmakers continue to consider their futures in public service. A number of state legislators have announced their intentions to retire at the conclusion of the current legislative session or run for a different legislative seat, dependent upon what the courts decide about legislative districts. The North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation is keeping track of the comings and goings, and have provided the update shared below.
Sen. Chad Barefoot (R) - Wake, Franklin Counties - Leaving redrawn NC Senate District 18, within which Sen. John Alexander resides
Sen. Tommy Tucker (R) - Union County - Leaves open NC Senate District 35
Sen. Bill Cook (R) - Beaufort, Camden, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans Counties - Leaving redrawn NC Senate District 3, within which Sen. Erica Smith resides
Sen. Cathy Dunn (R) - Davidson, Montgomery Counties - Leaves open NC Senate District 29
Sen. Rick Horner (R) - Johnston, Nash and Wilson Counties - Said if the maps are upheld by the courts, he likely would retire at the end of his term
Rep. Susan Martin (R) - Wilson County
Rep. Jeff Collins (R) - Nash County - Said if the maps are upheld by the courts, he likely would retire at the end of his term
Rep. Larry Bell (D) - Sampson County – Uncertainty emerged during the redistricting legal hearings as to whether Rep. Bell indicated that he would not seek re-election.
Running for Another Office
Rep. Bob Steinburg (R) - Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Pasquotank, Perquimans, and Tyrrell Counties – Running for NC Senate District 1; leaves open NC House District 1
Rep. Carl Ford (R) - Cabarrus, Rowan Counties - Leaves open NC House District 83, within which Rep. Larry Pittman (R) resides
Rep. Sam Watford (R) - Davidson County - Running for NC Senate District 29; leaves open NC House District 80