Rep. Sandra Spaulding Hughes, who represents a state house district in New Hanover and Pender counties, has announced she will not seek reelection in November.
In a brief statement released Tuesday, Hughes said her decision was due to "personal and family reasons."
"Public service has been an important part of my life, and I deeply appreciate the support and trust of the citizens of my district and of the State of North Carolina," said Hughes, a retired educator and former councilwoman in Wilmington.
Hughes was appointed in April 2008 to fill the unexpired term of former Rep. Thomas E. Wright, who was sentenced to roughly six years to eight years in prison after a jury found him guilty of mishandling thousands of dollars in charitable contributions and fraudulently obtaining a $150,000 loan.
Hughes district leans heavily Democratic. She won with 67 percent of the vote in 2008, despite her predecessor's conviction on corruption charges.