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Jeffus joins list of women exiting N.C.’s political landscape

You can add another name to the growing list of women not seeking re-election to the state legislature.

Rep. Maggie Jeffus made it official on Wednesday, saying that she would not challenge Rep. Pricey Harrison in the newly redrawn House District where the two were ‘double-bunked.’

Jeffus, a 10-term House member, told the Greensboro News & Record that the numerous special sessions and committee meetings outside of the regular legislative session made the job increasingly demanding:

“The General Assembly is no longer a part-time legislature but a full-time legislature, and that leaves little time for family. I would like to spend more time with my grandchildren, and my husband and I would like to travel and spend more time at the coast,” Jeffus said Wednesday.

With Jeffus’ departure, ten women – both Democrat and Republican – will be exiting the political landscape after this year.

For those keeping score, on the Democrat’s side: Rep. Patsy Keever (Buncombe), Rep. Alice Bordsen (Alamance), Rep. Diane Parfitt (Cumberland), Sen. Linda Garrou (Forsyth), Rep. Edith Warren (Pitt) , and Rep. Jennifer Weiss (Wake) have announced they will not seek re-election.

On the Republican side: Rep. Carolyn Justice (New Hanover), Senator Jean Preston(Carteret), and Rep. Shirley Randleman (Wilkes) have announced they will not seek pursue another term in office.

One Comment

  1. Jimmy

    February 16, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Am I missing something, or why is this even important ? They knew what the job entailed when they ran for the office !