In an election season that has been like no other in recent history, surprise announcements and news reports are emerging from the leadership of political parties in North Carolina. Two top leaders in the N.C. House of Representatives have bowed out early, leaving Republicans scrambling for replacements. Rep. Charles Jeter of Mecklenburg County, chairman of the House caucus, pulled out of his race three weeks ago. This week, House Majority Leader Mike Hager of Rutherford County announced his departure. Both cited family reasons for their decisions. Speaker Pro Tem Paul Stam also is not seeking re-election.
Democrats in the House will have a race for the Minority Leader position. Rep. Ed Hanes of Forsyth County has announced he will run for the position now held by Rep. Larry Hall of Durham. Hall has been criticized for lack of candidates recruiting in districts where Republicans have no opposition.
Rep. Charles Jeter
House Majority Leader
Rep. Ed Hanes