Rep. Ken Waddell won't run for re-election

Published: Nov. 9, 2015 at 12:48 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 13, 2015 at 5:03 AM EST
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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Rep. Ken Waddell says he won't seek a third term in the North Carolina House.

The Democrat, who represents Columbus and parts of Bladen and Robeson counties, made the announcement in a statement Sunday night.

"The extraordinary requirements of time, money, and commitment to service will not allow me to spend the necessary time required to do the job at the level I consider a personal requirement and further my farming interests while continuing to support my family," Waddell said.

The retired teacher and former Chadbourn mayor was first elected to the General Assembly in 2012.

Waddell is a vice-chair of the Transportation and Wildlife Resources committees. His other committee assignments include Agriculture and Health.

Republican Brenden Jones, a Tabor City businessman, announced in August that he will run in 2016 for the House District 46 seat. He received 47% of the vote when he challenged Waddell in 2014.

Waddell isn't the only southeastern North Carolina House member not running for re-election. Rep. Rick Catlin (R-New Hanover) said last week that he won't seek a third term.

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