Glazier leaves DPI race for House

Posted February 28, 2012

Democratic House Minority Whip Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland, is dropping out of the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction, opting instead to run for a sixth term in the state House.

Several months ago, Glazier announced he would challenge incumbent Democrat June Atkinson in the May primary.

“When I was encouraged to run State Superintendent, I was comfortable with my decision, knowing that Leader Joe Hackney and the remaining House Democrats would face the challenges of the 2012 elections," Glazier wrote in a news release sent out just after noon today.

"That has changed. Approximately 30 House members, both Republican and Democrat, have decided to withdraw, retire or seek a different office. Consequently, in the last few days, many of my colleagues and a number of political leaders in the State have strongly urged me to reconsider my run for State Superintendent, and instead, remain in the House." 

"While I still have a keen interest in serving as State Superintendent," Glazier added, "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." 

Glazier's withdrawal leaves Atkinson without a primary challenger.

Several Republicans are vying to face Atkinson in November: Wake School Board member John Tedesco, teacher Ray Martin, former state Rep. Mark Crawford, and former teacher Richard Alexander. Union School Board member David Scholl has said he's also running, but hasn't yet filed his paperwork. 


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  • Rebelyell55 Feb 28, 2012

    I agree he knew he couldn't win, and most likely the mess it's in didn't want the job. Now if they can just get him out of office period.

  • ljohnson247 Feb 28, 2012

    Must have known that he could not win.

  • muggs Feb 28, 2012

    These people always are talking about building their party as if they are different than the rest of us reminds me of a third world power trying to gain control,our system is broken when we are controlled by so few that are so powerful over so many.