Governor Bev Perdue isn’t the only one bowing out of 2012’s heated political scene. Two well-regarded female members of the N.C. House of Representatives announced Tuesday that they too would not be seeking re-election.
Fayetteville Democrat Rep. Diane Parfitt said she will serve out her first term which ends in December and return to private life.
Parfitt, a retired nurse, was among a vocal group of Democratic women who spoke against ‘The Woman’s Right to Know’ act last summer, which placed a 24 hour waiting period on abortions.
(Parfitt’s departure leaves Rep. Rick Glazier with a decision to make – whether to seek the state Superintendent’s post and face fellow Democrat June Atkinson in a primary or serve as a voice for the 44th District. Glazier has said he’ll have an announcement by Tuesday, Feb. 7th.)
Also exiting the state House after this year will be five-term Alamance County Rep. Alice Bordsen.
Bordsen, who has been a champion of juvenile justice issues, said on her blog Tuesday that she was leaving with no regrets:
“I can honestly say that I consider each and every day I have served a true gift. Public service is never dull; it is always a challenge, a privilege and – most of all – an honor. And, when our clumsy and unwieldy system does click in and work as it was envisioned by those who designed it, it is an inspiration beyond description.”
Pulse readers may also remember it was Rep. Bordsen who challenged House Speaker Thom Tillis over the speed at which legislators were being pressed to make critical decisions on controversial bills in the final hours of one late-night legislative session.
To watch Rep. Bordsen question the Speaker, click below: