GOP seeks candidates to fill post


State Rep.-elect Lisa Barnes


Staff Writer

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Nash County Republican Party is looking for a candidate to fill the soon-to-be vacant board seat of Nash County Commissioner Lisa Barnes, who has been elected to state office.

Barnes is headed to Raleigh after defeating longtime Democratic state Rep. Bobbie Richardson for her state House District 7 seat. Barnes received 58 percent of the vote.

Eligible candidates for the position must reside in Nash County Commissioner District 4 and be a registered Republican. Replacing Barnes with another Republican will allow the GOP to maintain 4-3 control of the board.

The Nash GOP Executive Committee met earlier this week to define the procedure to be used in selecting the person who will be recommended to the Nash County Board of Commissioners to replace Barnes, said local GOP Chairman Mark Edwards.

Hopefuls must submit a letter to the committee containing a short biography and any other information the candidate wants the committee to know about his or her interest in filling the position. Letters must be submitted to the committee by Dec. 15.

Letters can be hand delivered either to the Nashville or Rocky Mount offices of the law firm of Fields & Cooper or mailed to Post Office Box 757, Nashville, NC 27856.

“The committee will interview all candidates on Jan. 10 and will make its recommendation to the county commissioners shortly thereafter,” Edwards said.

A county board must consult with the local political party of a departing elected official before making a selection to fill a vacancy, according to N.C. General Statute 153A-27.

The county board has 60 days from the date of Barnes’ resignation to name a replacement.