Waddell announces he won’t run again

CHADBOURN — Ken Waddell, a moderate Democrat from Columbus County in the N.C. House, will not seek a third term.

Waddell made his announcement in a statement Sunday night.

“The extraordinary requirements of time, money, and commitment to service will not allow me to spend the necessary time required to do the job at the level I consider a personal requirement and further my farming interests while continuing to support my family,” said Waddell, who also represents parts of Bladen and Columbus counties.

The retired teacher and former Chadbourn mayor was first elected to the General Assembly in 2012.

Waddell is a vice-chairman of the Transportation and Wildlife Resources committees. His other committee assignments include Agriculture and Health.

Republican Brenden Jones, a Tabor City businessman, announced in August that he will run in 2016 for the House District 46 seat. He received 47 percent of the vote when he challenged Waddell in 2014.