Lawmakers take themselves out of running

Posted November 6, 2015
Updated December 17, 2015

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Lawmakers have to decide before Christmas whether they will seek re-election, and a growing number say this term will be their last. ​

Whether they're leaving to run for other offices, retiring after long careers, or resigning to take on other public service challenges, at least 23 sitting state House members and Senators will leave their chambers next year, if they haven't already cast their last vote as a lawmaker.

The latest to announce they won't seek re-election are Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, R-Cabarrus, and Sen. Dan Soucek, R-Watauga.

The list below will be updated as legislators announce their intentions. Click on the "plus" sign for a brief narrative of why they're leaving.

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