Beverly Perdue Releases Statement, Not Seeking Reelection

North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue has confirmed she is not seeking reelection.

Perdue released this statement shortly after noon Thursday.

"Like the rest of the nation, North Carolina has been facing difficult economic times -- demanding many difficult decisions. I have had to make painful budget cuts in important areas of government. But I believe I have approached this challenge in a way that is consistent with my values and the values that have made our state a wonderful place to live and raise a family. I have spent my tenure in office - and, in fact, my adult lifetime - fighting for things that I care deeply about. And as anyone who knows me will tell you, I do not back down from tough fights.

But I understand this: We live in highly partisan times, where some people seem more worried about scoring political points than working together to address the real challenges our state faces. And 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.

The thing I care about most right now is making sure that our schools and schoolchildren do not continue to be the victims of shortsighted legislative actions and severe budget cuts inflicted by a legislative majority with the wrong priorities. Therefore, I am announcing today that I have decided not to seek re-election. I hope this decision will open the door to an honest and bipartisan effort to help our schools.

To those of you who have supported me throughout my years of public service, I will always be grateful for the confidence you have placed in me. In my remaining months in office, I look forward to continuing to fight for the priorities we share, by putting North Carolinians back to work and investing in our children's future. To my children and grandchildren, and especially to my husband Bob, thank you for always being there for me - especially as I've weighed this difficult decision.

Thank you all, and God bless North Carolina."

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A Democratic official says North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue will not seek re-election.

Perdue, the first woman elected governor in North Carolina history, was facing a hard fight for a second term. That included a possible rematch against former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory.

In 2008, Perdue narrowly defeated McCrory in North Carolina's closest gubernatorial contest since 1972, thanks partly to Barack Obama's surprise win in the state.

The Democratic official spoke on condition of anonymity because Perdue was expected to make a formal announcement later Thursday.

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  • by Samen Location: somewhere on Mar 14, 2012 at 02:56 PM
    I like chicken, still. While Perdue was in office I was apprehended by mail..because of my GET clause, SS by the Disabilities Act of 1955(?). To have my sanity tested for driving in various war zones or zoos in N.C. It may have been $30 here and $20 there, but I think the State should have paid for all that stuff. ........................................................... Right now I am looking at a tax assessment(spell it right) for $30 for a car that is worth less every year. But the State/County will get around to RE-ASSESSING. After all, I am disabled(what would Helms say?really?)...disabled under a condition.. even though I can drive a car and write my own name and cook an egg if need be. , ./.
  • by Sarah Location: North Carolina on Feb 23, 2012 at 01:09 PM
    Perdue isnt seeking it b/c she knows she will lose.I VOTE CHICK for President.LOL.
  • by 40some on Feb 1, 2012 at 03:02 PM
    Beverly Purdone.
  • by Chick on Jan 31, 2012 at 05:46 PM
    Obama and Hagan need to be voted out now, and I will stop posting!
  • by I Know Chick on Jan 31, 2012 at 04:14 PM
    I guess that she got tired of Chick's comments on here always saying "Thanks Bev." Then again she did foul things up. Who is Chick going to thank now? Thanks Walt or Thanks Pat? Nah, just doesn't have that good ring to it!
  • by tom Location: wilson on Jan 29, 2012 at 02:58 PM
    thats the best news ive heard in a while, there has been some polls going on and she knows she doesnt have a chance
  • by Anonymous on Jan 29, 2012 at 06:34 AM
    Dear Bev. thanks for messing up our state and then leaving
  • by Ya-Hoo! on Jan 27, 2012 at 09:01 PM
    No more Perdue!
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      by Momof4 on Jan 28, 2012 at 08:35 AM in reply to Ya-Hoo!
      Well maybe we will get someone like Obama they will fix N.C. watch what you wish for.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 04:49 PM
    Thank goodness, Maybe we can get some one in there that will abolish the stupid " state of emergency" law. Makes no sense that if it snows in the mountains we cannot carry ours guns in the east. Or if there is a hurricane in the east we got a curfew in the mountains. big government control
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2012 at 04:47 PM
    Ever wonder why the main lotto and mega lotto are never announced right at the dead line like the cash 3's and cash 5's are? I think it is on purpose so they can search all the numbers played and postpone any winners, Its always announced several hours later, the winning numbers that is.

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