• 48°

Cooper’s second choice of Republican for elections board sworn in

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper picked another Republican to join the State Board of Elections on Thursday, a day after he rescinded his original appointment for a vacant seat designated for the GOP.

Cooper appointed Stacy “Four” Eggers of Watauga County to the fifth and final spot on the board. Eggers, a former state board member, was sworn in to the position during an online board meeting Thursday afternoon.

Cooper’s original choice to succeed recent board member David Black was James Carlton “Carr” McLamb Jr., but the governor’s general counsel wrote Wednesday to McLamb withdrawing the nomination. The letter to McLamb didn’t describe the reason.

A statement from McLamb to news outlets suggested the decision followed abuse allegations made against him. Cooper’s office confirmed on Thursday that allegations had surfaced.

“As a general rule, I do not respond to anonymous attacks, but let me be very clear, I never assaulted anyone or forced anyone into unwanted actions,” McLamb said in the release. “I’m fortunate to have dated smart, successful women, and all of my relationships have helped to make me a better person.”

Cooper announced Tuesday that he had chosen McLamb and former state Sen. Tommy Tucker to fill the two seats set aside for Republicans. Tucker also was sworn in during Thursday’s meeting.

Black and previous Republican board member Ken Raymond resigned last month after they said they weren’t given full information about a court agreement the board supported over absentee ballot procedures.

In keeping with the law, the state Republican Party offered to Cooper three candidates for each vacancy, and Cooper had chosen Tucker and McLamb. After McLamb’s nomination was rescinded, Cooper attorney William McKinney said the governor would choose Black’s successor from the other two candidates, which included Eggers.

The state party is responsible for vetting candidates, save for an outside ethics review, Cooper spokesperson Ford Porter said on Wednesday: “The work of the board does not need any more distractions.”

McLamb, a former state government agency attorney, said in his statement that while “I value public service,” he agreed the board “does not need additional distractions at this critical time.”

But Thursday, Porter said in an email that Cooper’s office “should have done a better job understanding and communicating the severity of these allegations, and this appointment should not have moved forward.”

State GOP spokesperson Tim Wigginton said in an email Thursday the party hadn’t been contacted about the allegations, but it’s “undoubtedly a troubling situation that we take very seriously.”

Comments

News

Racial bias ‘deeply entrenched’ in report critical of Apex Police Department

Nation/World

US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

Elections

City council again dismisses idea of adding new member, focus now on recommendation to delay elections

Business

‘Let’s make some money:’ Loosened restrictions praised by bar owners, baseball team

High School

Salisbury High bucks historical trend in dominant shutout of West Rowan

Enochville

Garage declared total loss after Enochville fire

Crime

Cooper, N.C. prison officials agree to release 3,500 inmates

Coronavirus

Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Rowan, six for the week

Crime

Blotter: Man brandishes AR-15, runs over motorcycle at Rockwell-area gas station

Crime

Salisbury man charged with exploitation of minor

Crime

Road rage incident results in assault charges

Local

Dukeville lead testing results trickle in, more participation needed

Education

Faith Academy interviewing staff, preparing site for fall opening

News

Volunteers work around obstacles, alter procedures to offer free tax services to those in need

Education

Education shoutouts

Local

Retired Marine gets recognition for toy collection efforts

Local

March issue of Salisbury the Magazine is now available

Education

Five get Dunbar School Heritage Scholarships

Education

Education briefs: Salisbury Academy fourth-graders think big as inventors

Education

Bakari Sellers keynote speaker at Livingstone College Founder’s Day program

Nation/World

Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in ‘equity’ push

Nation/World

Chief: Capitol Police were warned of violence before riot

Nation/World

GOP rallies solidly against Democrats’ virus relief package

Nation/World

FDA says single-dose shot from Johnson & Johnson prevents severe COVID