WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Rep. Ted Davis, Jr. (R) announced Monday he will file for re-election to the N.C. House of Representatives, ending speculation that he might seek the Senate District 9 seat currently held by Sen. Thom Goolsby (R), who announced Friday he would not seek re-election.
Davis released the following statement:
"Serving the citizens of the 19th House District during the 2013 Legislative Long Session has been an exciting and rewarding experience. I have learned a lot in my first year, and am proud of what I have been able to accomplish. I look forward to returning to Raleigh for the 2014 Short Session and continuing to work on issues that are important to those who reside in New Hanover County."
"Having received encouragement and support from the local community, as well as from the Speaker of the House, other members of the House leadership, fellow Representatives, and the local Republican Party, I have decided to file for re-election to the NC House of Representatives."
Davis, who represents part of New Hanover County, hadn't heard of Goolsby's decision not to seek re-election until he received a call Friday morning from a reporter.
When asked if he would run for the senate seat, Davis said, "That's something that I have to give serious consideration to."
A former New Hanover County commissioner, Davis was appointed in September 2012 to fill the seat of Rep. Danny McComas, who left the House before the end of his term to become chair of the State Ports Authority.
Davis later defeated Democrat Emilie Swearingen, a Kure Beach town council member, in the 2012 General Election.
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