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Williams resigning from House; Hanes’ successor named

RALEIGH (AP) There are more comings and goings at the North Carolina House as one Republican member will resign and local activists chose a replacement for a Democrat who stepped down last week.

GOP Rep. Linda Hunt Williams of Wake County announced Aug. 13 she is retiring Aug. 31 because her husband is taking a job in Louisiana. Williams is in her first term. She had already decided not to seek re-election this fall. Wake County Republicans could choose someone to serve out the remainder of her two-year term through December.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Forsyth County Democrats chose Winston-Salem council member Derwin Montgomery on Aug. 12 to replace ex-Rep. Ed Hanes on the fall ballot and complete Hanes’ term. Hanes resigned Aug. 7 after more than five years in the House.

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