- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

CHADBOURN, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina state Democratic lawmaker says he won’t seek re-election next year because it’s difficult keeping up fully with responsibilities at the General Assembly and with work and other obligations back home.

Rep. Ken Waddell of Chadbourn is in his second term representing Columbus County and parts of Bladen and Robeson counties. His departure represents a possible pickup opportunity for Republicans in November 2016.

Waddell said Monday he doesn’t have the time to perform his legislative duties at a high level while continuing to farm and support his family. The 62-year-old previously served on the Chadbourn town council starting in the 1980s and was most recently mayor.

Waddell will serve out the remainder of his term through 2016. The legislature reconvenes in April.

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