CORNELIUS – Cornelius Mayor Lynette Rinker announced plans Nov. 12 to seek the Republican nomination for the District 98 seat in the N.C. House of Representatives next year.

Thom Tills holds that seat, which represents much of the Lake Norman region. Tillis has launched a campaign to win the U.S. Senate seat held by Kay Hagan next year.

Rinker’s announcement ends speculation as to her future plans. She said in June that she would not seek re-election as mayor, opting to weigh her options for 2014.  

“As mayor and as a town commissioner, I’ve always focused on solving problems and delivering results for the people of Cornelius,” Rinker said. “That’s the same approach I’ll take to Raleigh, and you have my word that I will be the same common-sense, approachable, pro-business, pro-family Conservative leader in Raleigh that I’ve been right here at home.”

Rinker was elected to the Cornelius Town Board of Commissioners in 2009 and re-elected in 2011. She has served as mayor pro-tem from December 2009 until she was sworn in as mayor in January 2013.

She has served in regional roles with the board of directors for Visit Lake Norman and the Arts & Science Council, as well as a delegate to the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization.

“As my term as mayor comes to an end, I want to personally let you know that I’ll take that experience to Raleigh to represent all of the people of House District 98,” Rinker said.

Rinker lives in Cornelius with her husband of 25 years, Mark. She serves as business manager for Isaacs + Associates Architects, a Cornelius architecture firm.  She assured voters that if elected, she will be a full-time legislator.