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Republicans announce for legislature

Two Mecklenburg County Republicans Tuesday announced their candidacies for the N.C. legislature, hoping to succeed leaders of the GOP-controlled House.

Outgoing Cornelius Mayor Lynette Rinker said she’ll run for the seat held by House Speaker Thom Tillis of Cornelius. Tillis is running for the U.S. Senate.

“I’ve always focused on solving problems and delivering results for the people of Cornelius,” she said in a statement. “That’s the same approach I’ll take to Raleigh.”

And former two-term county commissioner Dan Bishop plans to run for the District 104 seat now held by Rep. Ruth Samuelson, who is stepping down.

In 2004, Bishop was elected to succeed Samuelson on the board of county commissioners from District 5, which largely overlaps with Samuelson’s district.

“I’m known to people in that House district,” he said. “They know who I am. They know me to be conservative. They know me not to be a bomb-thrower, to be an effective advocate.” Jim Morrill

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