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Senator Debbie Clary stepping down in November

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A lawmaker who first arrived in the North
Carolina House when Republicans took control for the first time in
more than a century will step down from the Senate the year the GOP
made similar history in both chambers.

Senator Debbie Clary of Cleveland County told The Shelby Star on
Monday she'll leave her seat in November. Clary tells the paper
she'll continue working in Raleigh as a lobbyist.

Clary was first elected to the House in 1994 and served for
seven terms, becoming co-chairwoman of the budget-writing panel in
2003.

She successfully ran for the Senate in 2008. She's led the
Senate government watchdog committee this year as the full
Legislature switched to Republican hands.

Local Republican activists will decide who will fill out her
two-year term.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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