Boseman opts out of run for re-election

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - North Carolina State Senator Julia Boseman announced live on WECT News Thursday that she will not seek re-election in 2010.

"This is solely about being here with my family and continuing to work," Boseman announced.

Boseman said in a written statement that she wants to work for the people of New Hanover County in other ways.  She and her partner are expecting a child in January.  Boseman had been a county commissioner in New Hanover Co. before joining the State Senate five years ago.

With United States Senator Richard Burr, a Republican, up for re-election next year, some have mentioned Boseman as a potential Democrat to challenge him.

"I don't have any intention of seeking that seat, but I would say this is not it for me politically," Boseman said.

Boseman would not say which office she might seek, but hinted that everyone will know "probably sooner than later."

The following is Senator Boseman's written statement:

Statement from Senator Julia Boseman 

Today, I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the North Carolina Senate.

For nearly a decade, I have had the honor and privilege to represent the people of New Hanover County--first as a County Commissioner and for the last five years as a Senator.  When thinking back on my time in the legislature, there have been many successes—especially supporting our classrooms, creating jobs in our film industry and our port, and helping UNC -Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College grow.  But if asked for my greatest accomplishment, I would say it was doing what I could to help the vulnerable: protecting victims of domestic violence, protecting our children from sexual predators, and protecting kids—all kids—from bullying.

Being a parent has been my guiding force as a Senator and it is as a parent that I have made this decision.  With a baby on the way in January, I feel that it is more important than ever to be close to home.  Wilmington will always be my home and while I will be leaving the Senate, I will continue to work for the people of New Hanover County in other ways.  I thank you all for the trust you have given me and I will keep working throughout 2010 to make sure that we are well-represented in the North Carolina Senate.

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