CHARLOTTE, NC (Ronnie Glassberg/CharlotteObserver) - N.C. Rep. Charles Jeter of Mecklenburg County announced Monday that he is resigning and withdrawing his name from the November ballot.
"This has been one of the toughest decisions I've ever had to make in my life," Jeter, a two-term representative, said in a statement. "I love serving the people of North Carolina and I know today's announcement will be letting my Republican colleagues down in a very tough election year fight. However, I simply cannot continue down a road that in the end forces me to make my wife and children anything less than the first priority in my life."
Jeter said he plans to remain involved, but that "the titles of husband and father are much greater and I must devote the time to my young family while I still have that opportunity."
His district stretches down the Catawba River from Huntersville to Lake Wylie
Earlier this year, Jeter co-sponsored a bill that would killed the controversial Interstate 77 toll lane project, but that proposal died in the N.C. Senate.
In March, Jeter defeated retired Air Force Lt. Col. Tom Davis of the Mountain Island Lake area in the Republican primary.
Davis criticized Jeter for being among legislators "who all bought into" the toll concept. "And they still bought into it until Danny Phillips cleared out the Huntersville town board," he said.
Phillips is an incumbent Huntersville commissioner who opposes the project and was the top vote-getter in the November general election. Two other commissioners and Mayor Jill Swain lost their seats in an election that Phillips and others saw as a referendum on the toll lanes project.