Congressman Heath Shuler (D-11th District) announced today that he would not be seeking re-election in 2012. Shuler, who assumed office on January 3, 2007 after defeating long-time Republican, Charles Taylor.
While speculation surrounded Congressman Shuler as being a potential candidate for Governor for the state of North Carolina after Bev Perdue announced she would not seek re-election, he was at his Waynesville home with his family making the decision to not only not run for Governor, but to also not seek another term in the U.S. House of Representatives. “Last week I spent a lot of time at home with my family discussing the possibility of running for governor of North Carolina,” said Congressman Shuler. “This time of reflection and prayer gave us the opportunity to talk about the best course of action for us as a family moving forward. It was during this time that I reached the decision not to seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.”