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Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain won’t pursue state office

Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain announced Tuesday that she plans to pursue another term in local office rather than seeking a seat in state legislature.

Swain – who previously served four terms on the Huntersville town board, two of those as mayor pro-tem – was the subject of speculation that she would run for House Speaker Thom Tillis’s representative seat in the N.C. General Assembly.

A handful of supporters turned out for the announcement Tuesday, and Swain told them she can make the most difference on the local level, “where neighbors keep me accountable” and “I’m not hamstrung to fundraising constraints or party constraints,” she said.

“I moved here when the population was 3,500, so I got to be front and center to so many great things that have happened in Huntersville. It hasn’t always been a cakewalk, it hasn’t always been easy, but it’s always been worth it.”

Swain said she intends to sign up as a candidate for mayor when filing for Huntersville elections opens Friday.

Hilary Trenda

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