Area lawmakers comment on McCrory conceding race to Cooper

Area lawmakers comment on McCrory conceding race to Cooper

RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - Lawmakers are reacting to the news that they will be working with a new governor for the next four years. Gov. Pat McCrory conceded in the race against Attorney General Roy Cooper, bowing out of the race while trailing by 10,263 votes, according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections.

Here are some comments gathered from current area legislators, and those who will take office for the first time in 2017:

"I congratulate Roy Cooper on his victory, I look forward to working with him as Governor, and I thank Pat McCrory for his outstanding leadership and service to our great State." – Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover County)
"I am very glad that this has finally been put to rest. I have fielded many questions from constituents about what was going to happen. Now we can move forward and get prepared for the upcoming session." – Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-New Hanover, Brunswick counties)
"I know Roy Cooper. I lived in Nash County 25 years. My late wife taught him in high school. I hope he will work with us. I am glad we have a veto-proof legislature. It all depends on how he decides to govern." – Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick County)
" I want to take this opportunity to thank Gov. McCrory for his tireless service and outstanding leadership over these past four years. I wish him and Ann nothing but the best.  I am dedicated to the citizens of District 46 and look forward in working with Gov.- Elect Cooper in any way possible for the betterment of this district and the whole state." – Rep.-Elect Brenden Jones (R-Columbus County)

According to Pat Gannon, spokesman for the State Board of Elections, the governor's race is not official until the SBOE canvasses the statewide results. Gannon said that is likely to happen later this week.

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