Rep. Marilyn Avila of Wake County has been a staunch and loyal supporter of the HTGAC agenda. She was employed in the testing laboratory at Hanes Hosiery Mills in the 1970s and visited the Manufacturing Solutions Center soon after her election to the N.C. House in 2008. Rep. Avila moved up into the leadership ranks under Speaker Moore and helped the MSC and Textile Technology Center appropriations requests. She lost her bid for re-election and will be missed. Prediction: she will assume an administrative role in the Legislature.