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NC Rep. Rick Catlin says he won’t seek reelection

Rep. Rick Catlin, a Republican from Wilmington, is the latest legislator to announce he won’t run for another term in 2016.

He said he needs to spend more time running his business, CATLIN Engineers and Scientists. The company’s CEO died last year, a few weeks after Catlin was elected to a second term.

“My employees worked very, very hard to help me during this long session,” he said. “It is not necessarily the end of the road (in politics), but it’s a time off I’ve got to take to be fair to my employees.”

Catlin says he’ll juggle both roles in next year’s short session before leaving the legislature. He’s the chairman of the House Environment Committee.

Catlin joins seven other House members who say they won’t run in 2016.

According to WWAY NewsChannel 3 in Wilmington, New Hanover County school board member Tammy Covil announced Monday that she’ll run for Catlin’s seat.

Covil, a Republican, made headlines earlier this year when she described gay people as “perverted” in a Facebook post.