UPDATED: Democratic state Superintendent June Atkinson won't say whether she's seeking re-election in 2012 -- but one Democrat isn't waiting for an answer.
State Rep. Rick Glazier, a Fayetteville Democrat, formed an official campaign committee earlier this month, the first step in a possible bid for the state's top education post. The Glazier for Superintendent committee formed Dec. 6 with John G Buie Jr. as treasurer.
Democratic state lawmaker Tricia Cotham of Mecklenburg County is also looking at running for superintendent of public instruction. But she has not made a formal announcement. Atkinson has said she will decide about another term after the New Year.
Cotham said she will run if Atkinson doesn't. "However, unlike others," she said, "I support my friend June Atkinson and intend to announce my candidacy only if and when she decides that she will not seek re-election."