- Associated Press - Friday, April 8, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina Republican state senator who cited family considerations in deciding not to seek re-election this year has now resigned his seat.

Third-term Sen. Dan Soucek of Boone sent his resignation letter on Friday to Gov. Pat McCrory and Senate leaders.

Soucek said in December he wouldn’t run again because he couldn’t “continue to faithfully serve both my family and constituents.” The letter didn’t say why he left earlier.

Soucek is a West Point graduate and National Guard member who previously worked at Samaritan’s Purse, the Christian relief agency led by the Rev. Franklin Graham.

Republicans in his five-county 45th District will pick someone to serve out his two-year term. A likely candidate could be Deanna Ballard of Blowing Rock, who won last month’s GOP primary for Soucek’s seat.

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