WNCT-9: Kinston mayor announces plans to not seek re-election

KINSTON, N.C. – B.J. Murphy will not seek re-election this year.

That’s according to a tweet and news release issued by Kinston’s first Republican mayor in more than a hundred years.

Mayor Murphy 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. At the time of his election, he was the city’s youngest mayor. He’s 32 now.

Kinston will elect its next mayor in November.