Soucek resigns from state senate

BOONE-Mere months after announcing he wouldn’t seek another term in office, North Carolina State Senator Dan Soucek offered up another surprise at the end of last week.

The 45th District senator resigned Friday, April 8. That news was reported by multiple state and national media outlets, including the Associated Press.

North Carolina State Senate Leader Phil Berger called Soucek’s retirement a big loss for the Senate and the people Soucek represented but did not disclose what led to the resignation.

“Sen. Dan Soucek has made it his life’s work to help others, by improving public education as a member of the North Carolina Senate, by defending our freedoms as a member of our Armed Forces and by aiding those in poverty through his many years of charitable work,” Berger announced in an April 8, press release.

Four months ago, when Soucek said in December that he wouldn’t run again, he cited family as his reasoning. He’s a West Point graduate and a National Guard member who previously worked at Samaritan’s Purse, the Christian relief agency led by the Rev. Franklin Graham, according to the Associated Press.

Republicans in his five-county 45th District will pick someone to serve out the remainder of his two-year term. Deanna Ballard of Blowing Rock, who won last month’s GOP primary for Soucek’s seat, could be the choice.

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