CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Two local politicians announced Sunday that they will not be entering the race for the house seat in North Carolina’s 9th district.
Former Charlotte City Council member and mayoral candidate Kenny Smith announced that he wouldn’t run for the seat Sunday afternoon.
Smith made the announcement on social media Sunday afternoon.
He cited the timing saying it was not ideal for his family or work commitments.
“Running for office is dictated by when opportunity and timing intersect. Unfortunately, the 2019 Special Election isn’t the right time for me due to family and work commitments,” Smith said.
Sunday night, Union County GOP Chairman Daniel Barry said he will not file to be a candidate.
He says personal, family, and business commitments don’t line up right now.
“After prayerful consideration, discussion with supporters, consultants and most importantly my wife, I will not be filing for the 9th District Congressional Primary. Personal, family, and business commitments simply don’t line up right now,” Barry said.
Barry says he does intend to support the eventual nominee and work to defeat democrat Dan McCready.
Last week, former Governor Pat McCrory announced he would not enter the race.