2 NC state senators say they won't run in 2014

Jan. 10, 2014 @ 01:19 PM

Two North Carolina state senators say they are not seeking re-election this year.

Republican Thom Goolsby of Wilmington and Democrat Michael Walters of Robeson County made separate announcements Friday.

Goolsby posted a statement on his website saying his two young daughters need him more at home than service in the Senate allows. He says he also plans to focus on his law practice.

Media outlets report Walters as saying he wants to spend more time with family and his logging business.

Goolsby was first elected to the Senate in 2010, while Walters joined in 2009.

Goolsby's 9th District within New Hanover County is considered a swing district. The 13th District that Walters represents favors a Democrat.