Sen. Richard Stevens of Cary, the co-chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, will not seek re-election.
Stevens said that after serving in the Senate for a decade it is time to step down. The 63-year old former Wake County manager has told friends he has wanted to spend more time with family and considered not running last time.
I want you to know that I have decided to not seek re-election in 2012, Stevens, said in a statement. It is time for a new chapter in my life and for someone else to take on the responsibility of representing the 17th district.
A Republican, Stevens had a reputation as an individual who could work across party lines.
From my time in the General Assembly, some of my fondest memories will be of when individuals of both parties reached across the aisle and found ways to move this state forward, Stevens said. The greatness of North Carolina comes from our diversity and I hope that all who serve will put aside their differences as often as possible in service for the good of all.''