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Cornelius mayor opts out of fall election

CORNELIUS Mayor Lynette Rinker announced Wednesday that she won’t run for election this fall.

Rinker was twice the leading vote-getter for the Cornelius Board of Commissioners and served as mayor pro tem. She was first elected commissioner in 2009. She also was the unanimous appointee in January to fulfill former Mayor Jeff Tarte’s unexpired term. Tarte is now a state senator.

Rinker said in a statement that she is aiming for higher office but is still weighing her options.

“It’s too early to forecast what precisely may be in the future for me politically,” Rinker said. “It’s been a privilege to serve the Town of Cornelius as a volunteer on the transportation advisory board, the land development code and growth management committees and the Planning Board over the better part of the last decade.

“I’m confident our town is poised for greatness and hope to continue being a part of that in some capacity in the years to come.”

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