Carolyn K. Justus

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Carolyn King Justus is an American politician, a former Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly.

Justus graduated from Brevard High School and studied at Gaston Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.[1]

She represented North Carolina's 117th House district, including constituents in Henderson and Transylvania counties, from late 2002 until 2010, when she declined to run for a fifth term[2] and was succeeded by Chuck McGrady.[3] She is the widow of Larry T. Justus, and served as his clerk during his nine terms in the seat; after he died shortly before the 2002 legislative elections, his name was not removed from the ballot and he received a majority of votes cast, so the local Republican party appointed Carolyn Justus to the empty seat for the new term.[3]

Since retiring from the Assembly, she has served as chair of the Henderson County Heritage Museum.[4]


  1. ^ Scott Parrott, "Rep. Justus advances to full election", Times-News, Hendersonville, North Carolina), May 3, 2006, p. 4A.
  2. ^ Mark Johnson, "Justus won't return", Under the Dome, Blogs, The News & Observer, January 15, 2010, archived at the Wayback Machine, March 18, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Gary Glancy, "Top 10 stories: Elections bring big changes", (Times-News, Hendersonville, North Carolina), December 29, 2010, updated December 30, 2010.
  4. ^ Nathaniel Axtell, "Former legislator Justus understands history", (Times-News, Hendersonville, North Carolina), June 29, 2014.