While the Edgecombe County Board of Elections prepares for the May Primary, it must focus on a more pressing need — filling a vacant seat.
The Democratic Party seat became vacant Monday when Shelly Willingham handed his resignation to elections board director Jerry Spruell.
Willingham, who had served on the board for four years, then joined the other side of elections board ledger when he filed for run for the N.C House of Representatives District 23 seat.
"I've enjoyed serving on the Edgecombe County Board of Election, and I thank Chad Hinton [elections board chair] and Janet Lewis as board members, as well as Jerry Spruell and his entire staff for making my job easier by their hard work, preparation and knowledge," Willingham wrote in his letter of resignation. "I will miss working with you all."
Local board of elections members are appointed by the state board of elections. The process begins with the local party nomination. In this case, the Edgecombe Democratic Party will nominate a candidate. That candidate's name will be submitted to the state board for its approval.
For the first time in 20 years, Edgecombe's Board of Elections is dominated by the GOP — Hinton and Lewis are Republicans.
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