KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) - Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy says will not seek re-election this year.
Murphy, 32, is Kinston's youngest mayor and the first Republican mayor in more than a hundred years.
He said his reason for not running is a re-dedication to his family and business.
"My family has sacrificed time with me so that I could give back to my hometown. We have simply decided that although I have a calling to serve, my family and business career need me more right now," he said.
Murphy was elected in 2009.
Kinston will elect its next mayor in November.
Many people we talked to in the Kinston community were sad to see him leave.
And while he is giving up his position as mayor, he says he will still stay active in the community.
He says he plans to return to public service again in the future he just doesn't know when.
"here will be a time for me to come back and do it do that again, whether it's at the city level or something a little more," said Murphy.
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