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Boseman and Barnhill decide not to run for State Senate seat

Wilmington attorney Julia Boseman has decided she will not run for the State Senate seat she once held in District 9, representing New Hanover County in Raleigh. Wilmington attorney Julia Boseman has decided she will not run for the State Senate seat she once held in District 9, representing New Hanover County in Raleigh.
Andrew Barnhill, chair of the 7th congressional district Young Democrats, announced that he will not run for the District 9 State Senate seat. Andrew Barnhill, chair of the 7th congressional district Young Democrats, announced that he will not run for the District 9 State Senate seat.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Two Democrats who were considering running for the District 9 State Senate seat are throwing their support behind former New Hanover County School Board Member Elizabeth Redenbaugh instead.

Wilmington attorney Julia Boseman, a former state senator, and Andrew Barnhill, chair of the 7th congressional district Young Democrats, announced Tuesday that they will not file to represent New Hanover County in Raleigh.

"I just want to concentrate on being a mom," Boseman said.

Boseman expressed interest in the seat in late 2013, and even into 2014 she was seen with signs appearing to be moving forward with her campaign. Boseman said Redenbaugh's announcement to run for the Democratic nomination had no bearing on her decision.

"I'm confident Elizabeth will be a great Senator, and I support her wholeheartedly," Boseman said Tuesday morning.

Boseman, a former New Hanover County Commissioner, was elected to the District 9 Senate seat in 2004, and won re-election twice before deciding not to run again in 2010. Sen. Thom Goolsby won the seat in 2010 and won re-election in 2012, then deciding not to seek a third term in 2014.

Barnhill said he will concentrate his efforts this year on helping elect Democrats throughout Eastern North Carolina, but he looks forward to "other opportunities for elected office in the future."

"Part of the challenge this year will be building up our state and local party structures, and I think that my time is better served doing that this year," said Barnhill. "I wish Elizabeth the very best as she seeks to represent our community."

Barnhill added that he will devote much of his time this year to serving as chair of the joint Young Democrats and College Democrats North Carolina Convention. 

Attorney Michael Lee has announced he would run for the Republican nomination in District 9.

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