Republican B.J. Lawson, who challenged incumbent Democrat David Price in the 2008 election for the Fourth congressional district, has announced he will not run again for the seat in 2010. Lawson lost by a margin of 63 percent to 36 percent. The district includes Durham and Orange counties and parts of Chatham and Wake, including Cary.

Lawson, who lives in Cary, said he would focus on supporting other Republicans nationwide and on electing ” more principled Republicans to state legislature in 2010 so our next redistricting can empower voters to choose their politicians, instead of vice versa. We must also eliminate our state’s tyrannical involuntary municipal annexation laws, and stop our Californicating state budget… “