Gov. Cooper makes new NCSBE appointments as NC9 investigation continues

Gov. Cooper makes new NCSBE appointments as NC9 investigation continues
North Carolina State Board of Elections gets five new appointments.

RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) - Governor Roy Cooper announced five new appointments to the State Board of Elections Thursday morning.

The new board is made up of three Democrats and two Republicans which is in-line with state rules.

“North Carolinians deserve fair and honest elections, and I am confident this board will work to protect our electoral process,” said Gov. Cooper, in a statement after the appointments.

Gov. Cooper appointed the following individuals:

  • Stella Anderson,  of Boone. Anderson was the Board Chair of the Watauga County Board of  Elections from 2005-2013 and is a professor at Appalachian State  University. 
  • David C. Black,  of Concord. David currently serves as the President of H & B Tool  & Die Supply. Black also served as Chair of the Cabarrus County Board  of Elections. 
  • Jeff Carmon III,  of Durham. Carmon is an attorney at the CW Law Group and practices in the  areas of personal injury and criminal law. 
  • Bob Cordle,  of Charlotte. Cordle previously served on the State Board of Elections  until 2013 and practiced law in Charlotte from 1968 to 2018, before  retiring from Mayer Brown LLP. 
  • Ken Raymond,  of Winston Salem. Raymond is a freelance writer and works at the Piedmont  Triad Airport. Raymond also served as the Chair of the Forsyth County  Board of Elections.  

The five appointees, who were were chosen from nominees submitted by the state Republican and Democratic parties, will serve through April 30, 2023, or until successors are appointed and qualified.

“We congratulate the new Board members and look forward to working with them to promote confidence in North Carolina elections,” said Kim Westbrook Strach, State Board executive director in a statement Thursday. “We thank them for their willingness to serve North Carolina’s voters at this critical time.”

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The appointments come while the State Board continues to investigate absentee voting irregularities in the 9th Congressional District.

According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, the Board is expected to hold an evidentiary hearing in February to decide whether to certify a winner or to order a new election. The date of the hearing has not been set.

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