Greensboro, NC -- Governor Bev Perdue says her job is not done, but that work won't include campaigning for a second term as governor.
She made the announcement Thursday.
Saturday night she broke her silence by talking to the media for the first time since the decision.
Governor Perdue arrived at the State Democratic Dinner known as the Sanford Hunt Frye Dinner to help raise money for the party, but that seemed secondary to the interest in hearing from her directly about dropping out of the race to keep her job.
She blamed a partisan divide for the decision because it would take using education as a campaign tactic in order for her to win.
"It's time people stood up about education, and I made the decision that what I could do as a candidate would be in some way in jeopardy because people would see this discussion about education as a political discussion. This is not politics. This is not Republican or Democrat. This is about the future of North Carolina," said Governor Perdue.
One thing she'll keep pushing for in her time in office is a 3/4 cent sales tax increase to help fund education.