Eye on Dare is reporting that Democrat Tim Spear will not seek a seat in the North Carolina General Assembly in 2012.  Spear, the current Representative in District 2, was drawn into a new House district last year, District 6, which was already represented by Republican Bill Cook.

Spear was facing a tough bid in House District 6 and may not have liked his chances of success.  The newly redrawn District 6 includes Dare, Hyde, Washington and portions of Beaufort counties.  Mr. Cook lives in Beaufort and is expected to have a strong base of support there.  And with Dare County having soundly rejected Mr. Spear in favor of Republican Bob Steinburg in 2010, the path to victory for Spear was narrow to non-existent.

We can expect to see some of the more ambitious Democrats in Dare County take a shot at the Democratic nomination for the seat.  Watch for Virginia Tiillett, Warren Judge, Paul Tine and Robin Mann to test the waters.

While Mr. Cook has not yet formally announced his intention to seek re-election, this blogger is certain that he is running.  You can check out his 2010 campaign website here.  He will be in Dare County on Tuesday, December 13th, at the next meeting of the Dare County Republican Party at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall at 7pm.