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Another state legislator announces he won’t run for re-election

A third state legislator announced on Friday that he wouldn’t seek re-election. Three-term Rep. Mark Hollo, a Republican from Taylorsville, joined the ranks of those wanting to spend less time in Raleigh and more time with their families.

Earlier, Republican Sen. Thom Goolsby of Wilmington and Democratic Sen. Michael Walters of Proctorville said they won’t run again.

Hollo is a physician assistant. He is chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services and the Health and Human Services committee.

Here’s his statement:

“After discussions with my family and close friends, I have decided to not run for re-election to the North Carolina House of Representatives. This decision was not easy to make, but neither was the decision to run initially in 2004 and subsequent years.

“Recently, I have been privileged to be a part of making important, common sense changes, that will improve the lives and bring increased prosperity to the citizens of North Carolina. I thank my colleagues for their hard work am proud to have joined them in these efforts.

“Alexander the Great once said, “The best present that you can give to your family and friends is your time”. In keeping with that sentiment, my mother does not live close by and is 80 years old, and my father-in-law is turning 90 this year. My wife and I want to visit them more often than work schedules and legislative demands have permitted. We have 2 married sons, 2 granddaughters and one on the way. We want to have the opportunity to spoil them.

“It has been an honor to represent my constituents in the legislature. I am also thankful for the opportunity to serve with fellow legislators who I can truly call friends. Thank you for your service to the people of North Carolina.”