Rep. James H. Langdon announced Thursday he will not seek reelection to House District 28 in Johnston County.
Langdon is a six-term veteran and serves as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.
With the previously announced retirement of veteran Rep. Leo Daughtry, Johnston County will be left without Republican incumbents on the 2016 ballot for state House. Democratic Rep. Bill Brisson’s district includes a flap that hangs over into Johnston.
In a statement, Langdon thanked voters for electing him.
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“I have enjoyed serving in the NC House and appreciate the many friends I have on both sides of the aisle,” he wrote. “I intend to remain active in my community and church at the end of my term and I also plan to continue in my hobby of woodworking and especially my pen making.”
Immediately after Langdon’s announcement, Johnston County School Board Chairman Larry Strickland announced he would run for the seat.
“I have worked for a quarter century for the Department of Transportation and understand how vital infrastructure is to the economy of this state and intend to bring a vision of growth to the General Assembly,” Strickland said in a statement. “Getting people back to work is important and infrastructure is a key component of economic development.”
Tony Braswell, chairman of the Johnston County Board of Commissioners, also announced Thursday that he’ll seek Langdon’s seat. Both Braswell and Strickland are Republicans.
“I am a candidate for N.C. House seat 28 because it’s time for government to stop over-regulating the people of North Carolina and stifling our economic growth,” Braswell told WTSB radio.