Foushee to replace Kinnaird
State Rep. Valerie Foushee will replace former state Sen. Ellie Kinnaird following a vote Sunday evening by the N.C. Senatorial District 23 Democratic Party Executive Committee.
After only two rounds of voting, Foushee, who currently serves Durham and Orange counties representing House District 50, secured all of the votes and beat out her six competitors.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Foushee said following the vote and a standing ovation. “We have a lot of work to do. You know what we’re facing and I’m ready to do it. I will fight every day. You will hear from me.
“The first thing we’ve got to do is take back the Chatham County Board of Commissioners,” Foushee added.
The panel that made the appointment consisted of Donald Knowles and George Lucier, representing Chatham County, and Samanth Cabe and Wanda Hunter, both representing Orange County.
Knowles gave all 212 of his votes to Foushee while Cabe and Hunter both provided 223.
A panel similar to the panel that chose Foushee to complete Kinnaird’s term will be called to appoint someone to serve the remainder of Foushee’s term.
Foushee will be up for election in 2014 when Kinnaird’s term ends.
The six other candidates for Kinnaird’s post were Alice Bordsen, Chapel Hill attorney Heidi Chapman, Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton, Cedar Grove attorney Lynette Hartsell, former Carrboro Mayor James “Jim” Porto and Amy Tiemann, Chapel Hill educator and author.
In her speech before the vote, Foushee said that if appointed she would work with Kinnaird “so that voter ID does not erode our society” and work with state Senate leadership to take back the Senate and rebuild the Democratic Party.
“We need a strong and effective legislature and I hope you will trust me with that responsibility,” she said.