- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

ROSMAN, N.C. (AP) - A Republican lawmaker from the North Carolina mountains isn’t returning to the General Assembly after next year, citing a new job outside the legislature.

Two-term Rep. Chris Whitmire of Transylvania County told supporters and colleagues of his decision against seeking re-election Tuesday, the same day 2016 candidate filing began.

Whitmire is a real estate broker and Air Force reserve officer. He says he’s accepted a new civilian employment position directly related to his military experience that he couldn’t pass up. He says the decision means he won’t run for a third term in the 113th District, which covers Polk and Transylvania counties and part of Henderson counties.

Whitmire is a former Transylvania County school board chairman who has focused on education and military issues while in the legislature.

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