Foushee to be sworn in next week
Gov. Pat McCrory has signed a proclamation accepting the recommendation to appoint state Rep. Valerie Foushee to fill the unexpired term of Ellie Kinnaird who resigned her state Senate District 23 seat last month.
While the proclamation, signed by the governor late Friday, was a formality, it was a needed step to set in motion the process by which the Orange County House of Representatives District Executive Committee will find someone to fill Foushee’s House District 50 seat.
Before the committee can meet and set a timetable to replace Foushee, she must resign the state House seat and be sworn in as the state Senator in District 23, which covers Orange and Chatham counties.
Foushee’s campaign manager, Evan Degnan, said both will occur next week.
“She wants to make sure Orange or Durham have ample time to fill her seat,” Degnan said. “The process can’t start until she resigns and is sworn in.”
Degnan said Foushee’s swearing-in is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 25 at 2 p.m., in the Chatham County Courthouse.
Foushee wasn’t available for comment Wednesday, but Degnan said she is excited about the opportunity to serve all of Orange and Chatham counties.
“She is thrilled,” Degnan said. “She’s represented Orange County her whole career. She is really excited about representing all of Orange County and getting to know her constituents in Chatham County.”
So far, three people – Durham businessman Tommy McNeil, Chapel Hill Town Councilwoman Laurin Easthom and Graig Meyer, a veteran educator and social worker -- have said they will seek appointment to the soon-to-be vacant house seat.
Longtime state Sen. 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.