Wake County Commissioner Stan Norwalk left with a parting blast today as he announced that today's meeting was his last.
As noted in this online article by Thomas Goldsmith, Norwalk said his departure is "bittersweet" because he hasn't accomplished the full agenda for which he was elected in 2008.
"I'm leaving at a time when when the biggest thing that I advocate for, which is public education, is under attack," he said, laying blame on the "ultra-conservatives" at the state General Assembly.
Norwalk cited health reasons and family for his departure. He had previously indicated that he would step down from his term early to move nearer to family members in Kansas.
Norwalk's immediate resignation means the leadership of the Wake County Democratic Party will soon nominate a successor to finish out his term, which expires November 2012.