The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

January 18, 2013

Dems pick Wooten to succeed Harrell

The Daily Southerner
Calvin Adkins

TARBORO — The Edgecombe County Democratic Party’s executive committee Thursday night recommended William “Billy” Wooten to replace Charlie Harrell as District 4 county commissioner. Wooten was the only nomination.

Wooten is a 1988 Tarboro High School graduate. He attended Appalachian State University where he received two businesses degrees. After a few years away from home, Wooten moved back to Tarboro and became involved in family business (Kan Ban where he now serves as CEO and acting president. He also serves on the executive board for Carolina Gateway Partnership.

“I look forward to giving my best effort if appointed by the county commissioners,” he said.

Sen. Don Davis, of Snow Hill, was acting parliamentarian of the meeting and urged the Democratic party to, ‘’Stand untied and get behind Billy. Show the county that we are standing united.”

Registered Democrats who live in District 4 were eligible to be considered for the position.

Connie Hull, who resides in Precinct 1-3 nominated Wooten.

“I think he is a fine man ... a man of integrity,” she said. “He has made some really good choices in his life. He will not replace Charlie, but will add to our county leaders.”

Harrell appeared to have agreed with the nomination. After the meeting, he introduced Wooten to fellow commissioner Wayne Hines.

Harrell served 22 years, including 12 as the chairman and another four as the vice chairman. He said he will miss being on the board, but he felt like it was the right time for him to depart for the 22 years of support that he had gotten from the party.

“I will miss from being a county commissioner. It has been a labor of love. We managed to do some good things for the county in some very difficult years. During those years we experienced tremendous job loss, a 500-year flood and many other adversaries, but we stil were able to move the coutny forward. I’m proud of my service but I look forward to turning it over to a younger person, a younger generation to move the county foreward again.”

By state law, the Democratic Party can nominate a candidate to fill the position, but the final choice lies in the hand of the commissioners, who do not have to concur with the party.