Citing health issues, Rep. W.A. “Winkie” Wilkins, D-Person, told the Insider that this year would be his last in the General Assembly. Wilkins, a retired newspaper writer and editor, said in a phone interview last week that he struggled with his health during the 2013 long legislative session, missing 16 days of session. “That’s just not acceptable to me,” said Wilkins, who is in his 10th year in the House.
Wilkins said he has had heart troubles but they have improved to the point where he believes he can serve out his term, but that he won’t seek re-election later this year.
He is supporting Democrat Ray Jeffers, a Person County commissioner and president of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners, to take his place in District 2, which includes Granville and Person counties.
His departure is just the latest for Democrats. From AP: Wilkins is the fourth House Democrat who’s announced they’re not seeking re-election. They include veterans Reps. Joe Tolson of Pinetops and Alma Adams of Greensboro and two-termer Marcus Brandon also of Greensboro. Adams and Brandon are running for the 12th Congressional District seat vacated by Mel Watt.