Congressman Heath Shuler announced today that he would be retiring from Congress at the end of this term. [WaPo]
Shuler's decision means that, provided no one else jumps in the race...and I have been assured that someone will, Asheville City Councilman Cecil Bothwell is running unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Cecil Bothwell was in Franklin, NC at a previously scheduled town hall meeting in the Macon County Library tonight and I took the opportunity to ask him a few questions regarding the impending retirement of Congressman Shuler, and here is video of that conversation:
I recorded the town hall meeting and gave Cecil the opportunity to make a campaign pitch on video. I will place those videos in another blog post sometime tomorrow.
Here is the full text of the announcement by Congressman Heath Shuler of his decision to not seek reelection and retire from Congress at the conclusion of his third term in Jan 2013: