Meyer replaces Foushee for District 50
Graig Meyer, director of student equity and volunteer services fro Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, will fill the State House seat left vacant when former Rep. Valerie Foushee became a state senator.
After two rounds of votes in the District 50 Democratic executive committee, Meyer received all of the possible 269 votes to beat six competitors.
“It takes a certain amount of ego to step up and run for office, but the support that I have received from family, friends and the community made me feel more humble that I ever have before,” Meyer said after his win. “I look forward to fighting for you and the state of North Carolina.”
Ann Hedgspeth and Will Wilson of Durham County and Dave Gephart and Phyllis Mack-Horton of Orange County cast the deciding votes in the Orange County Library.
Foushee’s was appointed to replace former state Sen. Ellie Kinnaird after Kinnaird resigned citing frustration with the Republican-led House. Foushee will be up for election in 2014 when Kinnaird’s term ends.
Meyers will finish Foushee’s term and be up for election next year.
The other candidates for Foushee’s post were Travis Phelps, who unsuccessfully challenged Foushee in the 2012 District 50 primary; Bernadette Pelissier; attorney Drew Nelson; public servant and veteran Tommy McNeil; Chapel Hill town council member Laurin Easthom; and graduate student Danielle Adams.
In a speech prior to the vote, Meyer said many people agreed there need to be more educators in the General Assembly.
“If we’ve going to make a difference as a party, we need new leadership and a strong vision,” he said. “We need to start winning elections now and take seats back across the state.
“We have to have the vision and when we get there, we can get the results. will work to raise the money and organize the people needed to help the Democratic Party across the state to win.”