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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — US Rep. Sue Myrick of Charlotte says she won’t run again for re-election to North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

Myrick made the announcement Tuesday through Facebook and her campaign site with a brief video. She said she made the decision after thoughtful discussion with her family and plans to serve out her ninth two-year term through the end of the year.

The 70-year-old Myrick is a former Charlotte mayor and previous US Senate candidate who joined Congress in the Republican sweep during the 1994 elections. She has been in a relatively safe Republican district that this fall will cover portions of Union, Mecklenburg and Iredell counties.

Her announcement comes less than a week before candidate filing is to begin.

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