No Re-Election Run for Jim Long; 2 Others Seek Job
Long-time North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Jim Long will not seek re-election to a seventh term. Instead, he is backing his deputy for the job.Posted — Updated
"I’ll be there through the end of the year anyway. It’s not like I’m dead or anything," Long said. "As President Kennedy said one time, 'It's time to pass the torch to the next generation.'"
“I pledge to run as a candidate for the people and not the special interests,” he said. “The people of North Carolina have had enough of rising insurance rates and lack of concern from the Department of Insurance.”
Long is the longest-serving Democratic official on the Council of State and likes to call himself the "oldest rat in the barn." He turns 68 next month.
The Burlington native served in the state House in the 1970s, in the same Alamance County seat once held by his father and grandfather.
Long will serve out the rest of his term, which runs through the end of the year.
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