Iredell Rep. Rena Turner is resigning her seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives June 27 after six years of service.
“It’s just too much time from family for me at this point in my life,” Turner said.
Turner added that when she was talking to one of her children about resigning, one of her grandchildren said, “Well, you’ll just have to decide which is more important, the legislature or family.”
Turner has picked family, though she said she had enjoyed her time in office.
“It’s been a joy for me to serve, but it’s time for me to leave,” Turner said. “My grandchildren are just getting older while I’m not watching them.”
Turner said she had worked hard and hoped her constituents felt she’d served them well.
“She really didn’t want to go back to Raleigh this term,” Iredell Republican Party Chairman Ron “Duck” Wyatt said. “She wanted to enjoy her retirement.”
Wyatt said the party is required by statute to notify committee members by mail of the meeting to pick a replacement 10 days before Turner resigns. The party has sent that notification, Wyatt said.
The party didn’t have a replacement for the 2018 election, Wyatt said, adding that Turner was willing to run and serve again but asked the party to find a replacement.
As of Monday, one person has officially expressed interest in being considered for the appointment. Wyatt said any other interested Republicans have until noon Monday, June 24, to send a resume to Wyatt at Ltronwyatt@yahoo.com.
Wyatt said the new representative needed to know how to support the agricultural interests in the area and encourage the economic development coming to the county as Turner has.
“She has not just abandoned her post. She’s kept the party updated with her intentions,” Wyatt said. “We’re going to make sure her exit is as classy as her service has been.”