Insurance Commissioner Jim Long Kicks Off 2008 Re-election Campaign

Having announced on Election Night 2004 and also last September 2006, Insurance Commissioner Jim Long kicked off his 2008 re-election campaign last night at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham.

It has become tradition for Long to jumpstart his re-election at the ANNUAL SALUTE TO JIM LONG. The longest-serving Insurance Commissioner in state history and the second-longest currently serving in the Nation, at 22+ years he is also the senior member of the Council of State.

In attendance this year for the occasion were supporters of his from around North Carolina, many of whom have been with him through six successful statewide campaigns.

Among the officials present were State Treasurer Richard Moore, Senator Tony Forriest, Representative Melanie Wade Goodwin, Senator Janet Cowell, Representative Jennifer Weiss, former Agriculture Commissioner Britt Cobb, Senator Doug Berger, and former lawmakers such as George Miller, Al Adams, and Howard Twiggs. Jon Williams, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, and Daryl Jernigan of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program also attended. Serving as master of ceremonies was Wayne Goodwin, former legislator and now the Assistant Commissioner of Insurance. Beth Wood, a Democratic candidate for State Auditor, joined the throng of attendees as well.

Jim Long’s record on behalf of both consumers and a viable insurance market is a mighty one: Through his efforts, for example, North Carolina has the fifth-lowest automobile insurance premiums in the country. Through his leadership he has saved consumers and small businesses alike more than $5 billion since he first took the oath of office in 1985. Commissioner Long remains a stalwart supporter of both firefighters across North Carolina and State employees, and has made his consumer services division second to none in state government. Insurance investigators working in Jim Long’s administration have arrested hundreds of persons committing insurance fraud and helped secure millions of dollars in restitution for insurance scam victims every year.

As he shared with friends at last night’s gala, he has no plans to stop serving North Carolinians any time soon.

“Like Jim Graham before me, and with the abundant faith of the voters, I look forward to continuing my service as dean of the Council of State and doing good things for our great State a long time to come,” said Long.

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Woo Hoo!

As I recall, Jim Long was one of the few elected Democratic politicians to support Jerry Meek's candidacy to run the NCDP. I was in Raleigh for that election (as an observer, unfortunately), and had a chance to speak with Mr Long. He was charming and smart and clearly on the side of the "little guy". NC is really, really lucky to have him.

-- ge

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Agree 100%

Person County will Go Long again next year. To paraphrase Mr. T. - I pity the fool that runs against him.

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

I've been extremely impressed with Mr. Long

his fight to keep the regulation of the insurance industry out of the industry's hands won me.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Go Jim!

I am a Jim Long fan and have been for many years.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

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I was once told that his name recognition state wide is...

something under 10%. Yet, he wins year after year after year. Odd, isn't it?

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Wouldn't it be good, though,

for more people to know his name AND for more people to vote?

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Actually it was closer to 20% ...

Based upon the 2005 poll done for the N.C. Center for Voter Education, sadly more NC voters knew who Jack Bauer is (from the hit Fox series, "24") than almost all of the elected officials in the State. Here is a clip from the press release available on the NCCVE website:

"A lack of voter familiarity with statewide officials transcended the political spectrum. While Governor Mike Easley was identified correctly by 89 percent of voters surveyed, there was a dramatic drop off when it came to other members of the Council of State.

For example, somewhere between 10 percent and 17 percent of voters could name the Attorney General as Roy Cooper. Newly elected State Auditor Les Merritt was recognized by only two percent. There may be a silver lining for long-time State Insurance Commissioner Jim Long, who is a familiar name to around 20 percent of polled voters, but still ranks two percentage points higher than this year’s “American Idol”, Carrie Underwood."

In keep with that poll, Jim Long secured a larger percentage of votes in 2004 than any other Council of State candidate.