BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A Brunswick County state representative is stepping down to reportedly spend more time with his family.
Four-term Representative Bonner Stiller has told fellow legislators he plans to leave the General Assembly June 15.
7th District Party Chair Frank Iler said Stiller was instrumental in helping the coastal community.
"he's certainly been a great asset again on transportation and all coastal resources and everything in Brunswick County," said Iler.
Stiller was working in court on Wednesday and could not be immediately reached for comment.
"Sorry to lose him, but a lot of people don't realize it's public service," said Brunswick County GOP chairman George Bell. "There is a human behind it and Bonner has things he needs to take care of like the rest of us. "
Bell said a couple of people have already expressed interest in filling the seat, including Iler.
"Whoever goes in there has tremendous shoes to fill," said Iler.
Brunswick GOP leaders plan to pick a replacement before Stiller steps down in June. That person would serve the remainder of Stiller's current 2-year term which ends in 2010.
The governor is required by law to appoint the GOP leaders' choice.