As filing deadline nears, some Dems sidestep showdowns

With just hours to go before Wednesday’s filing deadline, several key Democrats decided Tuesday to avoid squaring off in a primary contest against their fellow Dems.

Rep. Grier Martin said he would not challenge his friend Rep. Deborah Ross in District 34, where the two had been double-bunked by Republicans in the redistricting process.

Commerce Sec. Keith Crisco also opted not to enter the race for Lt. Governor, where  two other Democrats – former state lawmaker Linda Coleman and current state Senator  Eric Mansfield – have already announced plans to run.

Rep. Rick Glazier, who had earlier planned to challenge incumbent Democrat June Atkinson for the State Superintendent’s post in May, will instead seek a sixth-term in the state House.

The Cumberland County Democrat said with Rep. Joe Hackney’s retirement and roughly 30 House members leaving the chamber, he had been strongly urged to use his energy to rebuild the Democratic strength in the House.

Here’s an excerpt from his statement:

“There are two ways in which I can continue to fight for children, teachers, and public education. One way, is to serve as State Superintendent, and the other way is to remain in the General Assembly, and use every skill I possess and all of my energy and time to work for the good of my district and North Carolina.

While I still have a keen interest in serving as State Superintendent, now is the time to re-build Democratic strength in the House of Representatives. It has never been more important for Democrats to unite, to fight, and to regain the majority.

My colleagues and I agree: if the current majority is allowed to continue to govern, in two years, we will not recognize our great state.”

You can read Rep. Glazier’s full statement here.

For a complete rundown of who’s in and who’s out in all the races, check out the North Carolina Free Enterprise Foundation’s 2012 Election Tracker.

6 Comments

  1. Alex

    February 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Seems like pretty weak field of candidates to me ! Nobody very excited about this one- might be an opening for Frances.

  2. jlp75

    February 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Frances can barely put a full sentence together, much less run a successful campaign.

  3. Alex

    February 29, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Don’t worry ! The Obama team can’t even pull a budget together either.

  4. david esmay

    February 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Alex, as per law, President Obama has submitted a budget for each fiscal year he has been in office,2010,2011,2012!!!! The fact is congress has failed to adopt a buget resolution!!! Do a little research!!! Try Politifact or any non Koch funded source for your info!!!!

  5. Alex

    February 29, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    David, you need to check your facts. Obama has never passed a budget even when the Democrats controlled Congress. He wouldn’t know a balanced budget if it hit him in the face.By the way , he came into office on January 1,2009.

  6. gregflynn

    February 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    The fiscal year 2010 budget was delivered February 26, 2009.