Thursday is the new qualifying deadline in state House District 92, where incumbent state Rep. Billy Spivey, R-Lewisburg, withdrew as a candidate for reelection after initially filing a petition, according to the state Division of Elections.
Under a state law known as the “ Anti-Skullduggery Act,” qualifying automatically reopens when an incumbent withdraws after the qualifying deadline has passed.
With Spivey’s withdrawal, only one Republican, Thomas R. Tillis of Lewisburg, remained as a candidate in the district, which stretches from Marion County to Marshall County with portions of Lincoln and Franklin counties included – probably the oddest House district in the state, insofar as geography goes. One Democrat, Tamra King of Chapel Hill, also qualified under the original deadline.
In a brief Marshall County Tribune report online, Spivey said he simply wanted to devote more time to his family, church and work–
UPDATE/Note: Excerpt from a Spivey Facebook post:
Having been blessed with a loving wife, six beautiful daughters, and a church family that I love dearly, I cherish the thought of having more time to cultivate and enjoy those wonderful relationships.
Having also been blessed to assume the role of Plant Manager at Walker Die Casting in Lewisburg, time has become more precious than ever. It’s difficult to see how I can properly attend to these family, church, and work relationships while also devoting the time necessary to continue to serve the people of the 92nd District as they should be served in their House of Representatives.