Press release from Brian Turner for NC House:
On Nov. 29, Rep. Brian Turner (D-Buncombe) announced he will not seek re-election to a fifth term in the North Carolina House. “It has been a privilege to serve the folks of Buncombe county and I am grateful I was given a chance to make a difference in the lives of the people in our community.” Turner was first elected in 2014 and successfully won re-election in 2016, 2018, and 2020. Serving in the minority and representing a predominantly Republican district, Turner worked in a bipartisan way to pass important legislation including raising the minimum age of marriage to reduce sex trafficking, extending the statute of limitations of for victims of sexual assault, and the creation of Pisgah View State Park.
Turner cited the impact of the increasing length of the legislative session and unpredictable legislative calendar as a key reason for his decision. “During my tenure I have seen our legislative session lengthen to the point where session in October, November, and December (well past our planned adjournment at the end of June) has become the norm.” Turner said, “This is unsustainable.”
In the past seven years the legislative session has extended beyond its traditional June adjournment five times with multiple special and “lame-duck” sessions. “The pandemic has refocused priorities for so many of us, including myself.” Turner said, “Being home with my wife and daughter most of last year was so meaningful and that combined with the increasing time commitment to be in Raleigh has brought clarity.”
Turner did not rule out a return to public service in a different capacity, “Serving Buncombe county and North Carolina has been life changing and while I am taking a moment to catch my breath, I will always look for ways to make life better for the people of our community and our state.”