Twelve-term state Rep. Robert Grady will run for Onslow County clerk of court this year instead of re-election to another term in the North Carolina House.
Grady told The Daily News of Jacksonville on Thursday he won't run for the House seat he's held since first winning in 1986.
The 59-year-old Republican says he wants to run for clerk of court because that job touches the lives of almost everyone in a county and he believes he can operate the office more efficiently and save taxpayer money.
Grady says he'll miss his time serving in the House, where he helped get legislation passed to create a veterans' cemetery in Jacksonville and to expand the local community college.
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