Former state Sen. Eric Mansfield is out of the contest for state Democratic Party chair, citing the ill health of his mom. That leaves Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller unopposed at this point — nine days before the Feb. 2 election meeting of the party’s State Executive Committee

To read Mansfield’s statement, click on the link in the tweet embedded below. Bob Etheridge is said to be considering a run in Mansfield’s place. I gather this is the party establishment, such as it is, squirming unhappily at the prospect that Voller could prevail?

Voller time? “@nationhahn: I am sad that my friend Eric Mansfield must drop out of the race for Chair… #ncdem #ncpol
— Bob Geary (@rjgeary) January 24, 2013