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Albertson not seeking another Senate term

Posted January 15, 2010

— Another long-serving North Carolina lawmaker is calling it quits.

Sen. Charlie Albertson, D-Duplin, announced Friday that he will not seek re-election in November.

Albertson, 78, has served in the General Assembly for more than 20 years. He is co-chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

"After all these years, I believe it’s time for me to step back and find other ways to become involved in helping my community," he said in a statement.

His list of major accomplishments includes a constitutional amendment allowing criminals to pay restitution so victims are compensated for their losses, a law that made North Carolina the first state in the Southeast to require utility companies to get a portion of their power from renewable energy sources, the creation of the state’s first Climate Change Commission and a law requiring state agencies to give callers the option of speaking directly to a person instead of navigating through automated voice-mail systems.

Albertson is the sixth Democratic senator to resign in recent months or choose not to seek re-election. Others include Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand, who resigned to become chairman of the state parole commission; Sen. R.C. Soles, the longest-serving member of the General Assembly; Sen. David Hoyle, co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a top tax writer; Sen. David Weinstein, who resigned to take charge of the Governor's Highway Safety Program; and Sen. Julia Boseman.


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  • timothycapwell Jan 15, 2010

    After Tuesday's epic upset (one of the biggest in American history), expect to see more democrats head for the exits. Good riddance to all of ya's.

  • McLovin Jan 15, 2010

    im glad you people are happy to see him go...im quite proud of my Uncle...way to go CHARLIE, the Albertsons are proud of you!

  • tpbwetland Jan 15, 2010

    Term limits must apply to Democrats, Republicans, liberals, moderates, and conservatives. Seems like many commenting on this blog only want term limits to apply to liberals and Democrats. Shame on you! If limits do not apply to all, then they should not apply to any.

  • veyor Jan 15, 2010

    Another one bites the dust

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  • fedupin benson Jan 15, 2010

    HaHa! Its not that repulicrats or demoblicans think they have served enough time, its that they realize that the electorate is completely po'd at sitting politicians and there is no way they are going to keep their seats. Now if we could only get that thru to every politician, we might actually be able to do something in the next elections.

  • allanonofnc Jan 15, 2010

    What do they say about rats fleeing from a sinking ship?

  • ncguy71 Jan 15, 2010

    Good riddance!!

  • hank5049 Jan 15, 2010

    i believe the democrats see the writing on the wall. locally and nationally.

  • wakeconative4ever Jan 15, 2010

    Glad to hear this. The area he represents is very conservative and I wouldn't be surprised if he had been hearing a lot of complaints from the folks back home regarding the spending that seems to be out of control in this state. I know a lot of folks that had supported him in the past because they knew him, but decided they no longer could support him because of his "big government" ways. I also agree with term limits.