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North Carolina Rep. Henson won’t seek re-election in 2020

March 26, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina state lawmaker charged recently with cyberstalking related to a domestic case won’t seek re-election next year.

Second-term Republican Rep. Cody Henson of Transylvania County announced his decision on Tuesday.

Henson wrote it was in the best interest of his young children “to step away from the political scene for now” and be there for them. His social media post didn’t mention legal problems.

The Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office issued the misdemeanor criminal summons for Henson earlier this month. It named his estranged wife as the victim. Last month, a judge issued a long-term protective order against Henson after determining texts his wife received amounted to “mental harassment.”

News outlets report Henson’s next court appearance is Thursday.

Henson represents Transylvania and Polk counties and part of Henderson County.