NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - Commissioner Patricia Kusek announced on Monday that she won’t seek a second term on the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners.
In a news release, Kusek said she made the decision after careful deliberation and that she’s proud of the work she’s accomplished during her three years in office.
“It has been such a pleasure to work with the incredible people who work every day keeping this county safe, secure and such a great place to live and work,” Kusek said. “My decision is based on my evaluation of the financial impact to my business and the time it has taken away from the job I do best…helping people secure their financial futures. I believe in term limits, and look forward to a field of bright, capable candidates who emerge to lead NHC into the future.”
Commission Vice-Chair Julia Olson-Boseman, when reached Monday afternoon for a statement, said while she didn’t like Kusek’s decision to step away from the NHC board in 2020, she ultimately is happy for her friend.
“We have a lot of work to do this next year and I’m certain she’s ready to roll up her sleeves and continue to bring positive change to this county,” Olson-Boseman said.
Commissioner Woody White added, "Pat has been a principled public leader, who stands up for the taxpayers, and always follows her conscience. Tammie and I treasure her friendship and are grateful to her and Walter that they agreed to give four years of service to the county.”
Chairman Jonathan Barfield thanked Kusek for her service to the citizens of New Hanover County.
Kusek was elected to a four-year term in 2016 which was set to expire in 2020.
White and Barfield’s seats will also be up for re-election next year.
Barfield said he does plan to seek another term, while White did not comment.