NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A newly elected state representative will wait to step down from his current seat on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.
Voters in the newly established 20th district chose Rick Catlin to represent them in Raleigh starting next year. Catlin said Wednesday that he will hold off on leaving the board until the newly elected commissioners are sworn into office.
The current commissioners only have one meeting left together, but Catlin said he did not want to shrink the already abridged board by another member. Ted Davis stepped down as a county commissioners earlier in the year when he was appointed to fill an unexpired term in the State House for Danny McComas.
When Catlin leaves, the New Hanover County Republican Party will make a recommendation for who should finish the two years remaining in his term. The local GOP's most recent recommendation for Davis' empty seat, Melissa Gott, was stymied by challenges to her residency in the county. Commissioners do not have to accept a party's nomination.
Before Catlin leaves, he will welcome two new republican commissioners in Woody White and Beth Dawson. Current chairman, and democrat, Jonathan Barfield will return to the board for another four-year term. Current commissioner Brian Berger will join those three in deciding who will be the fifth person to round out the board. Catlin said the same people who will work with his replacement should be able to appointment the person as well.
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