Tabor City residents have mixed reactions to Soles' announcement

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TABOR CITY, NC (WECT) - State Senator R.C. Soles has decided to not run for re-election, so people living in Pender, Columbus, and Brunswick Counties will have to elect a new state senator.

R.C. Soles won't seek re-election

Despite recent controversies, Soles was still the favorite son for many in Tabor City.  They are very familiar with the small-time boy who grew up to become North Carolina's longest running state senator.

Wednesday, the man many say put Tabor City on the map, announced he would end his political career.

"I think it's a terrible loss for Tabor City and Columbus County," said Winston Gore who lives in Tabor City.  "I hope we'll someday have another one represent us, but I doubt it with our population decreasing like it is."

Gore credits the senator for brining one of the state's largest male prisons to the community, along with a visitor's center.

While some feel Soles has done a lot for the three counties he represents, others disagree.

"They've just been too much different things going on," said Tabor City resident Salena Phipps. "Reputation for one thing. Moral standards and things, and we don't need someone up there like that in office."

Now, for the first time since the 1960's Soles won't be in office.  For Tabor City, love him or hate him, the small town will lose a lot of clout in Raleigh.

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