RALEIGH – Friday afternoon, State Rep. David R. Lewis (R-Harnett) announced that he will be withdrawing his name from the November General Election ballot, finishing out his term after 18 years serving in the General Assembly.
Lewis said in a statement, “Since 2003, I’ve had the honor and privilege of representing the people of Harnett County, and I’ve taken this great responsibility seriously, offering everything I have and everything I am in service, to improve the lives of my neighbors and our community. I’m proud of the growth both in our great State and within our beloved County, and I know the future of our community is strong.”
“In this esteemed legislative body, I have learned from spirited debate while showing respect for my political adversaries by avoiding personal attacks. A few years ago, President George W. Bush stated, “too often we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions.” I challenge each one of us to focus on debating the ideas while not seeking to personally destroy those with opposing ideology.”
Lewis served as House Rules Chairman for nine years and helped shepherd redistricting legislation through the House.
“The time has come to focus my energies in new directions, and to allow another capable leader to serve in this important role. As such, I have decided to not seek re-election. I remain steadfast in my commitment to the people of House District 53 and will fulfill the remainder of my term in service to our community.”
Lewis including championing the first significant tax reform in over 70 years, which radically increased the zero income tax bracket to the benefit of thousands upon thousands of hard working families, removed special interest loopholes which rewarded the few at the expense of many, and lowered the sales tax rates on essential goods, creating countless jobs that continue to drive our economy forward.
Lewis played a large role in the establishment of more than 180 medical internships to help train new doctors for underserved communities and aided in the establishment of Campbell University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine.