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Winston-Salem Democrat leaving General Assembly

August 7th, 2018

— Rep. Ed Hanes, D-Forsyth, will resign his seat and won’t seek re-election, Triad media reported Tuesday.

A spokesman for the state Democratic Party confirmed Hanes’ decision to WRAL News and said the party’s district committee will meet this weekend to replace Hanes, likely with Winston-Salem City Councilman Derwin Montgomery. An attempt to reach Hanes directly Tuesday wasn’t immediately successful.

The Chronicle newspaper of Winston-Salem was the first to report the resignation, quoting a statement from Hanes:

“I intend to explore interests and opportunities across a number of platforms. I will remain involved in my professional and personal life with organizations that influence public thought and further strengthen my family’s long commitment to this community.”

A fellow member of the House Democratic Caucus said Hanes was leaving to accept a new job.

“If there’s more to the story than that, I don’t know it,” the member said.

Hanes told Triad City Beat in an interview that he would explore options “over the next two or three months.” He declined to be more specific, City Beat reported.

Hanes’ district has a strong Democratic lean, according to analysis by Jonathan Kappler, executive director of the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation. The three-term legislator was set to defend his seat in November against Republican challenger Reginald Reid.

Article source: https://www.wral.com/winston-salem-democrat-leaving-general-assembly/17753438/

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