Washington County Lawmaker Won't Seek Re-Election In 2012

Another one of the five North Carolina House Democrats who voted for the Republican-backed state government budget this year to override Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue's veto will not seek re-election.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reported Monday that Rep. Tim Spear has decided to step down after his third term expires at the end of 2012. The 59-year-old former Washington County Clerk of Superior Court said he wanted to spend more time with his grandchildren and help his aging parents.

Spear's home was drawn into the district of Republican Rep. Bill Cook in the round of redistricting approved by the General Assembly this summer.

Nine-term Democratic Rep. Bill Owens of Elizabeth City already announced he wouldn't run again in 2012.

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  • by beachbum3 on Dec 17, 2011 at 09:17 AM
    these so called democrats have never actually been yellow dog dems for they have always been rigth leaning an they have worked to closely with the repbulicans in the state legisture to give them total control . an they have damaged the nearly destroy the working people of this state by doing so by voting with these repbulicans an the next session of the legisture of the next election cycle the people of this state need to remember what they have done an most especially what they have done to the state employees across this state that have only sought to protect the instrest of the states taxpaying citizen in this state by actually doing the state jobs asa they are prescribed to do them , thes so called dem's have aided the republicans in the totaly deregulation of the state to the determinate of the state taxpayers an for these reason these legistures are doing the right thing by getting out of the state legisture once an for all an hopefully never to be elected to any public office again anywhere in this state or this nation thank you
  • by Concerned Location: Washington County on Dec 8, 2011 at 08:44 AM
    Yes, it is time for Tim to go. Marc has gone and cannot protect alot of those that were being protected under his regime and Tim was not very supportive of state employees and retirees who looked out for this great state. I still wish you the best of luck in your future and thanks for being respectful enough to go out in a decent way.
  • by Another Republican Location: Edenton on Dec 5, 2011 at 07:36 PM
    I have known Tim and his wife for years. He is a good man and has only done what he has thought was best for this part of the state. One of the few decent democrats left (and the only one I voted for in 2010). And yes his parents are not doing well and that's my Aunt that's looking after them some of the time. Good luck Tim!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 5, 2011 at 07:32 PM
    Wonder if he heard Bev was going to send the Elections board alooking?
  • by A Republican on Dec 5, 2011 at 03:02 PM
    Good to know that he followed the republicans on the state budget...On another note he does have family members that are very old and I know the lady that looks after them right now so none of what is written on this report is a lie.I know his entire family.They are very good people.Maybe in a few years he should run again and switch parties(if thats legal).The democratic party are not the people they used to be.They have gotten to liberal and I think he has seen just how corrupt his ex party really is.Didos Tim you done the best thing for all the right reasons!
  • by Out on Dec 5, 2011 at 12:32 PM
    Fellow citizen, since Obama has taken office, nothing but bad things has happened! Lets get this bum out of DC!
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      by Educated on Dec 6, 2011 at 07:54 AM in reply to Out
      I'm afraid you need to take a geography and civics course, Out. Mr. Spears is a state legislature who serves in Raleigh,not DC. If you truely were educated about the complex facts surrounding how government works you would be aware that the government was messed up long before Obama. If we want to get out of this mess we need to have knowledge about issues-not one liners.
  • by YIPEE! Location: greenville on Dec 5, 2011 at 10:36 AM
    THANK YOU GOD! We dont need people like Tim in any authoritative position.
  • by Kane on Dec 5, 2011 at 10:11 AM
    Saw the righting on the wall?
    • reply
      by Chris on Dec 5, 2011 at 12:34 PM in reply to Kane
      Yeah, write.
    • reply
      by Mike on Dec 5, 2011 at 07:33 PM in reply to Kane
      Obviously, educated in the NC Public School System.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:13 AM
    He is not going to run because he is going to lose. The Republicans have been able to take a $3 billion dollar democrat budget shortfall and turn it into a $100 million surplus. The dems are done for a while in this state. PLUS the Republicans for the first time in over 100 years will be the ones drawing the boundaries for districts.
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      by beachbum3 on Dec 17, 2011 at 09:20 AM in reply to Dave
      if htese statement are true buit at what cost to the people state employee an the taxpayers of this state has this been doen. i for one persoannly the true valitiy of what is stated here in thank you
  • by Kelly Location: Hyde on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:07 AM
    Tim is a good man. He has been very supportive of Hyde County Schools and though I understand his reason for not seeking re-election hate to see him go.
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