North Carolina’s first female governor will not seek a second term.

Beverly Perdue, a Democrat who was at odds with the Republican majority in the Legislature most of the time, announced last week that she would not continue the fight.

“We live in highly partisan times, where some people seem more worried about scoring political points than working together to address the real challenges our state faces,” she said. “And it is clear to me that my race for re-election will only further politicize the fight to adequately fund our schools.”

Perdue said a campaign for re-election “in this already divisive environment” would make it more difficult to find any bipartisan solutions.

“The thing I care about most right now is making sure that our schools and schoolchildren do not continue to be the victims of shortsighted legislative actions and severe budget cuts inflicted by a legislative majority with the wrong priorities,” she said.

Perdue did not say what she planned to do when her term ends later this year.

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