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Candidates step up as Republican from Wake County announces retirement

Linda Hunt Williams
Linda Hunt Williams NC General Assembly

Residents of southern Wake County will elect a new state House member this fall.

State Rep. Linda Hunt Williams won’t seek re-election to her District 37 seat this fall, according to a letter she sent to fellow House members and obtained by The News & Observer.

Williams, a former Holly Springs Town Council member and a Republican, said she wants to spend more time with her family and friends.

“This was not an easy decision for me,” she wrote. “The opportunities to improve the daily lives of my fellow citizens with common-sense decisions that reduce government, put more money in people’s wallets, grow our economy and improve our children’s schools has been humbling and gratifying.”

Republican John Adcock, an attorney from Fuquay-Varina and former candidate for Wake County commissioner, has filed to run for the seat. Democrat Sydney Batch, an attorney from Apex, has also filed to run for the seat.

The 2018 elections are seen as pivotal for Democrats as they hope to gain influence in state politics.

Republicans have so many members in the North Carolina House and Senate that they can override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper if he vetoes their legislation. If Democrats pick up either four House seats or six Senate seats in the November election, they'll break the supermajority.

And political experts believe that Republicans in urban and suburban areas – like southern Wake County – are among the most vulnerable incumbent legislators.

District 37, however, as redrawn by the legislature last August, appears to lean Republican. A plurality of the district’s voters supported Republicans candidates for president, governor and U.S. Senate in 2016.

Paul A. Specht: 919-829-4870, @AndySpecht