N.C. Rep. Larry Womble won't run for re-election as he recovers from a devastating car crash, and Rep. Earline Parmon will run for state Senate, the Winston-Salem Journal reports this morning. Both are Forsyth County Democrats.
Parmon will run for the seat vacated by Sen. Linda Garrou, who is also a Democrat.
Wombe said he has to focus on recovering from the Dec. 2 accident in Winston-Salem. The driver of the other car in the two-car collision was killed.
Womble, 70, a nine-term legislator, made his announcement by telephone at a news conference that Parmon called, the newspaper reported.
Update: House Minority Leader Joe Hackney issued this statement on Womble:
“Rep. Womble built a career in Raleigh based on reconciliation. For years, he has led the General Assembly’s efforts to recognize and compensate people who were wrongfully sterilized under a state-sponsored eugenics program. He championed the Racial Justice Act, a law that seeks to keep racial bias from influencing death penalty decisions in our courtrooms. He has been a steady, consistent voice for fair and equal treatment of all people. I know that I am among many people who regret that he is not able to continue his work because of his health, but understand that he needs to focus on recovering and wish him well.”