State Lawmaker Resigns

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State Representative Pete Cunningham has resigned from the General Assembly.

The 78-year-old Democrat is serving his 11th term in the
House. Cunningham said he enjoyed his time as a lawmaker but that it was time for him to retire. He officially resigned Monday.

Cunningham was a close colleague to then-Speaker Jim Black,
receiving the title "assistant to the speaker" when Black rose to
the chamber's top spot in 1999. Cunningham kept the assistant's
post when Joe Hackney was elected speaker last year.

Black is now serving a federal prison sentence after pleading
guilty to a corruption charge.

Mecklenburg County Democrats will recommend to Governor Mike
Easley a replacement to serve the remainder of Cunningham's
two-year term.