There’s something in the Wilmington-area air that’s giving Democratic legislators cold feet, it seems.

State Sens. R.C. Soles and Julia Boseman have opted to not run for re-election this year. On Monday, state Rep. Sandra Spaulding Hughes, who represents parts of New Hanover and Pender counties, announced she won’t seek re-election, either.

In a short statement released early Monday morning, Hughes said she was stepping down for ?personal and family reasons.? The former Wilmington city councilwoman added that she intended to serve out the remainder of her term.

Hughes took office in April 2008, replacing former representative Thomas Wright after he became the first sitting legislator to be kicked out of the General Assembly in more than a century.