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Soles looking to life after politics

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ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) -- We've known for months that after 42 years in political office, Sen. R.C. Soles is calling it quits. Tuesday will mark the first Election Day in 42 years Soles could run but will not be on the ballot.

Soles has served in numerous political and community positions as an elected official. As he steps away from politics, he says he wants to spend time with his family and wants to focus on his law practice. He's excited to start a new chapter of his life.

"To let me go to the polls 21 times and win 21 times, that means every two years I've had to come back the public," Soles said. "And if I wasn't doing something right or they thought I was off-base, they would've brought me home a long time ago. It's going to be different, but I think I'm going to enjoy it."

Soles says he plans to stay active in public life and is looking forward to building up his law firm.

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The only reason people in

The only reason people in Columbus County and Tabor City continued to vote for R.C. was because we were afraid that if he were ousted, our State Senate representative would come from Brunswick County, not because he was a competant legislator. We were afraid Tabor City would fall even further off the radar in state politics. So in a sense, we are to blame. We condoned his bad behavior because he gave money to our businesses and churches. Shame on us!!!

Who actually lives in Tabor City?

Ha...in all seriousness though, there are over double the amount of people in Brunswick County as there are in Columbus county.

You're exactly right. There

You're exactly right. There are more people in Brunswick County than in Columbus. More importantly, the two counties no longer share similar economies, demographics or political interests. As a result, they need to be split. The judicial district (Superior Court) has already been partially split and with Soles out, now is the time to separate Columbus County from Brunswick County.

Like him or not

Senator Soles has certainly represented his district effectively. Look throughout the district and you can see the impact of the wagon loads of state dollars which he has directed to so many projects.

Poor decision making in his personal life? Probably so.

Ineffective representation for his constituency, definitely not.

Sadly, the Republican Party has no effective candidate vying for the nomination to replace him.