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Rep. Susan Martin announces move to Tennessee


Susan Martin


By Drew C. Wilson
The Wilson Times

Monday, December 31, 2018

WILSON — Rep. Susan Martin, a Republican who spent three terms in the North Carolina House representing Wilson and Pitt counties, announced Thursday that she is moving from Wilson to Nashville, Tenn.

In her final legislative email newsletter, Martin wrote that serving in the N.C. House of Representatives for the past six years has been “one of my greatest honors.”

“Thank you for trusting me to represent you, for sharing your ideas, expertise and concerns, for working with me to find solutions and for the privilege of getting to know so many of you,” Martin wrote.

Martin said she is making the move to be with her family. She noted that she and her family have “slowly migrated there during my last term.”

Martin said while in the legislature, she helped make significant positive changes to improve the state’s business climate and economy.

“I am very proud to have been a leader in these policy areas and to see the economy growing,” Martin said, “North Carolina is now rated one of the best places to do business and jobs are being added at record rates.”

“In Wilson, I am most proud of my involvement getting the Wilson Academy of Applied Technology started,” Martin said. “The WAAT school is a great example of the incredible collaboration and partnerships that make Wilson unique. I believe that having a prepared workforce, by investing in educating our children and ensuring a strong partnership between local industries and our school system, will make a positive difference for years to come. Wilson will be in a better position to recruit and retain companies and graduates will be better positioned to enter the workforce with high-quality jobs. Lives will be changed, which is the reason I stepped up to serve.”

Martin wanted to express her gratitude to the Wilson community, including concerned citizens, elected officials, business leaders, community organizations, education leaders and the media.

“You have welcomed me to the table, openly discussed challenges, shared your visions and helped me to be successful working on your behalf,” Martin said. “So much of what I have accomplished during my time serving in the legislature has been through supporting the great work that so many people do across our community. I will forever be grateful for the glimpse into these individual and collective priorities. Wilson has a strong future and your record of innovation, strong collaboration and willingness to work together to solve problems, will serve you well.”

“I am very excited to spend more time with my husband and daughters and plan to make the most of this next season,” Martin said. “We have a lovely historic home in East Nashville.”

Martin said the home, minutes from downtown, has been featured on the country music TV series ‘Nashville.” She said the home has a pool and private apartment and “will be a fantastic Airbnb space when you visit Nashville.”

Martin said she and her husband will be selling their Wilson home soon.

“I am thankful for many wonderful memories in my fantastic neighborhood and community,” Martin said. “I am sad to leave my friends, happy to be close to family, humbled and blessed by my opportunities, and most definitely experiencing mixed emotions! Thank you for your friendship and support.”

Patrick Woodie, president of the N.C. Rural Center, recently presented Martin with the Rural Advocate of the Year Award on her retirement from the General Assembly.

“Throughout her three terms in office, Martin and her staff have consistently worked to include a wide range of voices in their conversations by seeking advice from constituents and experts about the best way to craft legislation,” Woodie said. “She serves as a sterling example of how elected leaders can, and should, work cooperatively to generate thoughtful solutions to the issues facing our state and to not shy away from tough challenges.”

House District 8 was redrawn during a court-ordered redistricting process and will solely comprise western Pitt County for the legislative term beginning Jan. 1. Democrat Kandie Smith, a longtime Greenville City Council member, will represent the district. The Wilson portion of District 8 was drawn into House District 24, where Democratic state Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield will serve her ninth consecutive term.