Gov. Beverly Perdue Will Not Seek Re-Election
Gov. Beverly Perdue announced today that she will not seek re-election.
The state’s first woman governor said that “it is clear to me that my race for re-election will only further politicize the fight to adequately fund our schools. A re-election campaign in this already divisive environment will make it more difficult to find any bipartisan solutions.”
A Democrat, Perdue tangled frequently last year with a legislature dominated by Republicans.
Reaction at the local level was immediate and decisive.
“I am crushed,” said Jim Heim, chairman of the Moore County Democratic Party.
Heim said he did not understand Perdue’s recent low poll numbers. He noted that North Carolina has maintained its triple-A credit rating and that she has fought fiercely on behalf of the schools.
On the other hand, Moore County Republican Party Chairman Bob Levy said that Perdue’s agenda of more taxes and more government was headed for certain defeat at the polls in November.
“This should be a wakeup call for the Democratic Party,” Levy said.
Republican Pat McCrory responded quickly with a statement that he plans to announce his candidacy for governor next week. The former mayor of Charlotte was defeated by Perdue in the 2008 general election.
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