State Rep. Nathan Baskerville, a Democrat from Henderson, announced Monday that he won’t run for a third term in the House next year.
Baskerville is the sixth House member – and the first Democrat – to announce that they’ll step down after next year’s short session. He cited the “current legislative landscape” as part of his reason for moving on, saying bills are getting “very little debate” and “very little vetting.”
“The way the legislation moves, it’s a disservice to our state,” he said.
Baskerville said he’s not ruling out a future run for elected office, but says it won’t be in the legislature.
“I feel as though there are other opportunities for me to serve and make an impact on my community,” he said. “I’m looking forward to that. I never had the idea that I was going to be a career politician.”
Baskerville – an 34-year-old attorney who represents Vance County, Warren County and parts of Granville County – is one of the legislature’s youngest members. He said the General Assembly’s grueling schedule and low pay makes it hard for younger people to serve.
“If you’re not retired or independently wealthy, it’s very difficult to be a legislator and work a real job,” he said. “We ought to be trying to attract newer voices to the General Assembly. The make-up in the General Assembly does not reflect the make-up of the state of North Carolina.”