Rick Catlin won’t seek re-election to NC House, Tammy Covil to seek seat

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County Republican has told colleagues he will not seek re-election next year to the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Rep. Rick Catlin, who owns an engineering firm, told fellow House members in an e-mail that he needed to spend more time on his company after the death last year of the business’s CEO. Catlin is in the middle of his second term in the House.

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“During this last year all of my loyal Catlin Engineers and Scientists employees have worked very hard to help me during the long legislative session,” Catlin wrote. “Out of respect for my professional employees and their families, I have resumed my business responsibilities.”

There’s already one candidate who wants to replace Catlin. New Hanover County School Board member Tammy Covil says she plans to run for the 20th District House seat. Covil, who is also a Republican, made the announcement on the Internet radio show What Matters with Chad Adams on the Freedom Action Network this afternoon.

Covil was up for re-election to the school board next year.

Filing for next year’s elections in North Carolina starts next month.

Neither Catlin nor Covil has returned messages from WWAY for comment.