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Another Senate Democrat won't seek re-election

Posted February 4, 2010

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— Another veteran Democrat in the North Carolina Senate isn't running for re-election this year.

Sen. Larry Shaw, D-Cumberland, announced Thursday he won't seek another two-year term. He's served in the Legislature since 1995.

The announcement brings to seven the number of Senate Democrats since last fall who have resigned or said they won't run for re-election. Others include former Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand; Sen. David Hoyle, a top tax writer; and Sen. R.C. Soles, the longest-serving member of the General Assembly.

The candidate filing period begins Monday.

Shaw didn't give a reason for stepping aside. He turns 60 years old in June. Shaw says he will keep running his food services company.

He is a practicing Muslim who was named last year as chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil rights group.

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  • whatelseisnew Feb 4, 2010

    Good.

  • scubasteve Feb 4, 2010

    The democrats are afraid, and with good reason...

  • jrfergerson Feb 4, 2010

    Hey they an't gonna run 1) they would not get elected 2) and from those listed there are several that will be called on the carpet with the Easly investigation.

  • Just the facts mam Feb 4, 2010

    Has been in the Senate long enough - time for some new thinking - I wish more Senators (old-timers in both parties) would do the same....

  • wcumom Feb 4, 2010

    hip-hop horray! Now keep one eye open on this dude!

  • Jay4 Feb 4, 2010

    Good.