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Henson Will Not Run In 2020


March 28, 2019

N.C. Rep. Cody Henson announced Tuesday that he would not seek re-election in 2010 for District 113, which includes Transylvania County.

In a written statement, Henson, who has served two terms in the House, said it was the “honor” of his “lifetime” to serve in the General Assembly.

“We have been able to accomplish many things since first being elected that will make our district and our great state even better places to live, work and do business,” he said. “Since December 2015, I have promised to represent Transylvania, Polk and southern Henderson counties with the mountain values that were instilled in me early in life and that people from around the world come to our small corner of North Carolina to experience.

“As you all know, I have two beautiful children who are growing up quicker than any parent would like. When I started this journey, Bo was only 5 months old and Presley wasn’t even thought of. Now Bo is 3 and Presley is going on 8 months, and I couldn’t be more blessed with them. With that said, I wanted to let you all know that I will not be seeking re-election in 2020. With Bo starting school soon, I believe it is in the best interest of my children to step away from the political scene for now and be there during these exciting times in their lives.”

Henson said he would continue to “work on school safety, addressing imm-igration, continued pay increases for our teachers and a host of other issues this General Assembly is addressing.”

“Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for all the support you have shown me and my family over the years and the countless prayers on my behalf,” he said. “It truly is an honor to be your voice in the N.C. House of Representatives.”

Henson’s announcement comes on the heels of some recent legal issues for him. On March 7, the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office served a criminal summons to Henson for one misdemeanor count of cyberstalking.

Kelsey Henson, the lawmaker’s wife, filed the complaint on March 3. According to the summons, Henson allegedly “annoyed and harassed (the) victim with multiple text messages” from January 2018 through February 2019. Henson is scheduled to appear in court today.

Also, on Feb. 26 in Transylvania County Civil Court, Judge Fritz Mercer ruled in favor of a Domestic Violence Order of Protection against Henson effective until Jan. 26, 2020.


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