Gov. Bev Perdue today issued the following statement regarding Rep. Joe Hackney's decision not to run for reelection:
"Joe Hackney never wavered from the principles that brought him to public service: to better North Carolina and its people by providing them a stronger education system and a government that truly serves the people instead of just the privileged. Over the course of his 32 years in the House, Joe always stood firm on the foundation of what he believed, regardless of popular opinion. He fought relentlessly to keep our government more transparent and to protect our environment for future generations. And we stood together in our recent battles to try and protect our teachers and the fairness of our elections. Our state today is a better place, and we should thank him."