Shuler won't run in redrawn 11th Congressional District

Posted February 2, 2012

Eleventh District Congressman Heath Shuler has become the latest Democratic casualty to voting maps redrawn last year by the Republican legislature.

Shuler announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election to a fourth term in the U.S. House this fall.

"This was not an easy decision. However, I am confident that it is the right decision. It is a decision I have weighed heavily over the past few months," he said in a statement. "I have always said family comes first, and I never intended to be a career politician. I am ready to re-focus my priorities and spend more time at home with my wife, Nikol, and two young children."

Just a week ago, Shuler's name was being circulated as a possible gubernatorial candidate after Gov. Beverly Perdue unexpectedly decided not to run for a second term. He withdrew his name from consideration earlier this week.

He said spending time thinking about the governor's race led him to reflect on his future.

"Though my time in Congress will come to an end after this year, my work to move our state and country forward will not," he said. "Reducing our $15 trillion national debt and crafting bipartisan solutions to the many problems facing our nation remain my highest priorities. Leaving Congress will give me the opportunity to focus my time and energy on these initiatives without the constant demands of a re-election campaign."

Republicans redrew the 11th District to exclude heavily Democratic areas of Asheville and include more conservative areas in the western North Carolina mountains, making it more difficult for even a conservative Democrat like Shuler to win this fall.

Last week, 13th District Congressman Brad Miller said he wouldn't seek re-election after the new voting maps moved parts of his district into the 4th Congressional District. Several state lawmakers whose districts have changed, including House Minority Leader Joe Hackney, also are stepping down.


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  • nadair Feb 5, 2012

    Shuler is a decent fellow -- but politics are politics -- hope he finds another way to serve.

  • bill0 Feb 3, 2012

    "So he won't run now because the district is fairly drawn up now to make it competitive?...nice..."

    Actually..... republicans moved the map around to create another "safe" seat for themselves. If you look at the map, the split off half of Buncombe county so those crazy hippies in asheville didn't have a shot of electing a democrat.

  • grimreaper Feb 3, 2012

    So he won't run now because the district is fairly drawn up now to make it competitive?...nice...

  • bill0 Feb 3, 2012

    It's sad when moderate politicians can't win against extreme partisans. That is how the system is set up though and it gets worse every year. Both parties are doing their best to get rid of competitive districts and just have "safe" seats for all the incumbents.

  • lavjt Feb 3, 2012

    This is all part of the republicans master plan to win back NC on every level. However, things are not always what they look like, the republicans are going to get the surprise of their lives this Nov. Dems, liberals, progressives keep the faith, they may be winning the battle (for now), but WILL NOT win the war!

  • forautumn Feb 3, 2012

    Funny to see the same "conservatives" who whined about drawing district lines now is support of them when they benefit.

    How does it feel to be hypocritical? You do know realize that all your leaders are proving is that they are no different than the D' is all about the power.

    And yet you sheeple still support silly.

  • thomasew Feb 3, 2012

    Funny how "time with the family" and "more important priorities" start to take precedence when these long term Democrats see that their guaranteed re-election might be in jeopardy. Much like the governor when she came out with "education was her priority" when she chose not to run again this year. However, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see the Governor wind up with a big job in Washington if the President is re-elected for a second term. We shall wait and see.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Feb 3, 2012

    Would rather see David Price drop out. Schuler was one of the best Democrats serving NC.

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 3, 2012

    There will be more at new rules and focus is made to stop the abuse and corruption of our public officals. Then there are those who are just sick of what they see going on. Register and vote as an independent and take the power away from these party who don't represents the majority of voters and the needs of the people. Help stop the special interest, corp. America and foreign influences that are abusing our citizens and our resources. In time, there can be a goverment that is ran by people who will govern for the people. There are people out there that want to do good for the people. Who'll not be bribed or corrupted to makes laws that benefit only a few at the expense of the many. There must be a continual check and balance to stop the abuse of our elected leaders. Stronger anti-corruption laws to stop the corruption and jail those who break the trust of the public.

  • mep Feb 3, 2012

    Forgot to mention... Brad Miller will not be missed in my district!