"Two weeks after the last election my dear friend and CEO of my company, Jeff Becken, unexpectedly passed away," Catlin said. "During this last year all of my loyal employees have worked very hard to help me during the long legislative session. Out of respect for my professional employees and their families, I have resumed my business responsibilities."
Catlin is the president of Catlin Engineers and Scientists, which provides environmental, civil, and geotechnical engineering services. Catlin cites his work on water supply issues, introducing several bills to help protect groundwater and drinking water as some of his proudest achievements in his time as a legislator. He did not rule out running for elected office in the future, but for now has decided to step away after serving this current term.
"I will work both jobs through the short session next year to continue to keep our planet safe and be fair to all citizens," Catlin said.
Hours after the news broke that Catlin won't be running, New Hanover County School Board member Tammy Covil announced that she will run for that spot in 2016. Covil was appointed in 2014 by Governor Pat McCrory to serve on a commission that is reviewing Common Core educational standards in North Carolina.