CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick of Charlotte says she won't run again for re-election to North Carolina's 9th Congressional District.
Myrick made the announcement Tuesday through Facebook and her campaign site with a brief video. She said she made the decision after thoughtful discussion with her family and plans to serve out her ninth two-year term through the end of the year.
"After thoughtful discussion with my family, I have decided not to run for another term in Congress," Myrick said. "I'm grateful for the privilege of serving you. We have all been blessed by staff members who truly care and delight in helping to solve problems for everyone in the district."
The 70-year-old Myrick is a former Charlotte mayor and previous U.S. Senate candidate who joined Congress in the Republican sweep during the 1994 elections. She has been in a relatively safe Republican district that this fall will cover portions of Union, Mecklenburg and Iredell counties.
"Thanks for the trust you have placed in us all these years. We will spend the rest of the year working on the issues that are important to all of you, and I hope to be a positive influence in all our negotiations. I hope you will join me in praying that God will heal our nation. May God bless you and your family," she added.
Her announcement comes less than a week before candidate filing is to begin.