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North Carolina House budget-writer Johnson won’t run again

December 19, 2019 GMT

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state Rep. Linda Johnson, one of the House’s chief budget-writers, announced Thursday she wouldn’t seek reelection next year and endorsed an aide to succeed her.

Johnson, a Republican first elected to the House in 2000, rose through the chamber’s ranks and became a key legislator on public school issues as the GOP took over the legislature in 2011. Most recently she’s been one of the three senior chairs of the House Appropriations Committee.

“After much prayer, deliberation, and numerous discussions with my family, I have decided not to seek re-election to the North Carolina House,” Johnson, 74, said in a news release. She said she backs her district liaison Parish Moffitt in the 2020 election for the 82nd House District, covering parts of Cabarrus County. Candidate filing closes at midday Friday.

Johnson, who previously served on the Kannapolis education board, said she was most proud of her work to help establish the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. The nutrition and health research center was founded in 2008 in part by Dole Food Co. Chairman David Murdock on the site of an old textile mill.