Under the Dome

Holmes won't run again

State Rep. George Holmes says he has finally had enough.

Holmes, a Yadkin County Republican, told The Mount Airy News that he won't seek a 17th term in the state House.

Holmes is one of the longest serving members in the legislature. His first term in the House began in 1975. (That still doesn't top state Sen. R.C. Soles, the Columbus County Democrat who began his time in the legislature in 1969.)

Holmes told the newspaper that he was not seeking re-election because of his health. He has missed votes in the House during the last two years after being hospitalized on occasion.

"I made up my mind after I got sick that it was time to slow down," Holmes told the paper. "I didn't feel like going back."

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