Meyer to seek appointment to state House District 50 seat
Graig Meyer, a veteran educator and social worker, has announced that he will seek appointment to the state House District 50 seat that Valerie Foushee is vacating to move on to the state Senate.
Meyer, who lives in southwest Orange County, becomes the third person to announce plans to seek appointment to the seat representing parts of Durham and Orange counties.
The other two are Durham businessman Tommy McNeil and Chapel Hill Town Councilwoman Laurin Easthom.
Meyer said in a news release that it is his personal mission to “connect people to the power and opportunities they need to reach their fullest potential.”
“That will remain my goal as I enter the world of political service,” Meyer said.
Meyer was an elected delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention and has been elected to numerous other posts in the Democratic Party.
If appointed to the seat, Meyer said his top priority will be to improve K-12 education and the state’s system of higher education.
“Our state's prosperity has always rested on the success of our educational system, and I believe that we can continue in that path for ever more,” Meyer said.
Meyer’s wife, Jennifer, is a teacher in the Durham Public Schools, where his two youngest children also attend school. His oldest daughter is a graduate of the Orange County Schools and currently attends UNC-Charlotte.
A House of Representatives District Executive Committee composed of two representatives from Orange County and two from Durham County will make the appointment.
A similar senate committee appointed Foushee to the District 23 senate seat earlier this month.
Each county is allotted one vote for every 300 citizens counted in the last census.
Because Durham makes up a much small portion of the district, committee members representing Orange County will have more a greater share of the votes.
To be eligible for appointment, a candidate must be a resident of House District 50 and a registered Democrat.
Kinnaird resigned last month, citing frustration with the Republican-controlled General Assembly.
She announced plans for a campaign to ensure citizens have the proper identification to vote to counter the state’s new voter ID law backed and approved by the legislature’s Republican majority.