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Charlotte Rep. Schaffer resigns seat

NC Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer
NC Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer hlynch@newsobserver.com

State Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer, a Charlotte Republican, formally resigned her seat effective 5 p.m. Friday.

In a letter to House Speaker Tim Moore dated Friday, Schaffer said she needs to devote more time to her business. The legislature will return to work Monday for its short session.

Schaffer was not seeking another term.

“As many are aware, in recent days, my role and responsibilities with my company, Schaffer Associates, have expanded to such a degree that I would be unable to meet these new and exciting obligations without taking away from my daily commitment both to the people of House District 105 and to my fellow Members,” she said in her resignation letter.

Schaffer, who was serving her second term, championed bills dear to social conservatives, such as restrictions on abortion and prohibitions on Sharia law in court. She may have been best known for sponsoring a bill that would have loosened gun laws and included a repeal of the pistol permit system. The House removed that provision in approving a watered-down version of the bill.

A committee of Republicans from Schaffer’s district will select a person to replace her for the short session. Gov. Pat McCrory will appoint that person to the seat.

Scott Stone won the district’s Republican primary last month.

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