Harnett names submitted for board of elections

Two current members recommended


Local political parties have selected citizens who they would like to serve on the Harnett County Board of Elections and the governor will have the final say about the last member.

Two members proposed to the board have familiar faces. Democrat Steve Blackburn is recommended for the board. Mr. Blackburn, a resident of the Anderson Community, is a previous candidate for Harnett County Board of Commissioners.

The second Democratic proposed member is Betsy McCormick, the daughter-in-law of former Chief District Court Judge Ed McCormick, a longtime active Democrat in the area. Mrs. McCormick is a practicing attorney.

Local history teacher Joey Powell, a Republican, is a former member of the board and was once again recommended by the Republican Party.

The second Republican nominee is Campbell University professor Dr. Lin Coker. Dr. Coker, who teaches science at Campbell, ran for the Harnett County School Board as a Republican in 2016. He lost in primary race with current member Eddie Jaggers.

Each party submitted its top three recommendations for the board and in both cases the top two picks were chosen. The third Democrat listed was current board member Tony Spears.

The third recommended name on the Republican list was Mona Rabin. She is the wife of former state Sen. Ron Rabin.

Current Republican board member Don Schroeder was not recommended for reappointment.

According to Harnett County Elections Director Claire Jones, new rules now call for Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, to appoint the fifth member of the boards of election throughout the state.

Mrs. Jones said the board is not official until it is approved by the North Carolina Board of Elections.

“Right now we have board, but we don’t have a board that can take action until the new members are sworn int,” Mrs. Jones said.

She said her office is adapting to the new situation.

“We have wrapped up the November election and now we are getting ready for the municipal elections this year,” Mrs. Jones said. “We are waiting to see how other things at the state level are going to affect us.”

The state board appointed appointed boards of elections in 75 of North Carolina’s 100 counties. There were 24 counties where the State Board didn’t appoint members because staff hadn’t received nominees from either the Republican Party or Democratic Party.

Appointments for Bladen County were tabled until after the evidentiary hearing in the District 9 race for the United States House of Representatives.

A winner has not been declared in that razor-thin race. Republican Mark Harris, leads Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes in unofficial results from the Nov. 6 election.

The governor’s recommendation will be appointed as the chairman in each county.

The state board is scheduled to meet Thursday. Local election officials will have the opportunity to participate in the meeting by calling in questions.


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