It is looking like there may be an open seat on North Carolina’s Council of State in 2012. Rumors are swirling about a possible retirement by incumbent N.C. Department of Public Instruction Secretary June Atkinson. (Atkinson is not exactly breaking her neck to deny said rumors.) State Reps. Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland) and Tricia Cotham (D-Mecklenberg) are making noises about running for DPI Secretary in 2012 — if there is a vacancy. Wake County School Board member John Tedesco is talking about seeking the GOP nomination for the seat.
A vacancy could also create an opportunity for a political comeback. Bob Etheridge — knocked out of Congress in 2010 and currently serving as a Boss Bev administrative appointee — held the top DPI post until 1996. SpeakerrrrrRichardMorgan™ – a legislator until 2006 — was the GOP nominee for the seat in 2008.