Preston Won't Run Again For State Senate In 2012

A coastal North Carolina senator says she won't seek re-election this year after two decades serving in the General Assembly.

Republican Sen. Jean Preston of Carteret County announced Friday her decision to leave the Legislature at the close of her 10th two-year term. She served 14 years in the House.

The 76-year-old retired educator said it's time for her to move to another chapter in her life that will involve more time with family and grandchildren.

Preston is the co-chairwoman of the Senate appropriations education budget subcommittee.

Senate leader Phil Berger said Preston has helped make a better future for the state's children.

Preston's Senate district covers Carteret, Pamlico and Craven counties.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by me Location: Washington on Jan 22, 2012 at 08:08 AM
    She needs to run to the bathroom and do something with her hair.
  • by g-man Location: greenville on Jan 21, 2012 at 08:34 AM
    at 76 she can not do a whole lot but then again she did nothing the years be for
  • by GoHome Location: Greenville on Jan 21, 2012 at 06:26 AM
    Glad to see her go....she refused to support medical marijuana. Out with the old and in with the new.
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on Jan 21, 2012 at 09:36 AM in reply to GoHome
      No, that wasn't what it was, she refused to support libterds which Greenville has an abundance of. You know, those entitlement kids that don't want to make it on their own? Yeah, libterds...they just are.
  • by Back To The Kitchen on Jan 21, 2012 at 01:58 AM
    I guess she couldn't stand the heat?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2012 at 04:27 PM
    Bout time......Move on.
  • by m on Jan 20, 2012 at 02:06 PM
    Why does the American public stand for career politicians, she would be a prime example of an experienced educator who goes to Raleigh or Washington who has something to offer, get a few things done and leave. But no not here, once they get there they can't leave. WHY, ego, greed?
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on Jan 20, 2012 at 03:14 PM in reply to m
      Politics asside, look at what she has done then make a decision. I know what you are sayin, but sometimes, there are good people that represent us well....she was re elected due to her ability not her party.
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      by ralphie on Jan 20, 2012 at 05:02 PM in reply to m
      She was not getting a US rep's pay and perks!
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Jan 20, 2012 at 01:44 PM
    Oh. Darn. Well, thanks for your service to the people. If every democrat had given TO THE PEOPLE, ten percent of the service you have, most of our problems would not be burdening us today.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2012 at 02:28 PM in reply to ralphie
      It's all of them. It's not just the Dems. The Reps aren't much better. However Jean Preston is an exception. She really cares about her constituents, regardless of party.

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