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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.”


Beginning the first few weeks in February, Duke Energy customers will have to start paying a little more on their monthly power bill. The North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) has officially approved Duke Energy Carolinas’ request for an average increase of 7.2 percent on the average customer’s electric rates in North Carolina.

After holding public hearings across the state, Duke Energy Carolinas and the North Carolina Public Staff reached an agreement which called for the rate hike of 7.2 percent instead of the original request of 15 percent.


Candidates gear up to claim Governor’s seat.

Last week the news waves were hot as word spread that North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue would not be seeking reelection for a second term.

Perdue, who first assumed office in January of 2009, cited that her decision not to run for another term was influenced by the “highly partisan times” and felt that a reelection campaign would only make bipartisan efforts within the state more difficult.


Veteran lawmaker will seek a seventh term in House District 120

Rep. Roger West (RMarble) announced today that he will seek re-election to the North Carolina House of Representatives, where he has served since first being elected in 2000.

“It is an honor to serve the citizens of the 120th District,” West said. “For over a decade, I have fought for my constituents in far Western North Carolina, and I’m hopeful I can continue to do so for a seventh term.”



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