Nash GOP names pick for board


Staff Writer

Saturday, January 12, 2019

The local GOP has selected its choice to replace a member of the Nash County Board of Commissioners who resigned to take higher office.

“The Nash County Republican Party Executive Committee hereby recommends Sue Leggett to the Nash County Board of Commissioners to be appointed to serve in the vacant seat for District 4,” according to a resolution announced late Thursday by Party Chairman Mark Edwards at the end of a meeting of the Nash County Republican Party Executive Committee.

The support for Leggett was unanimous. A copy of the resolution was forwarded by Edwards to the Nash County Board of Commissioners.

Leggett and her husband Brent own and operate a 500-acre sweet potato farm in Sandy Cross.

Leggett was one of four candidates for the office. The others included Danny Tyson, a former county commissioner; Clint Williams, a banker and local television personality; and Johnny Barnes, owner of Barnes Farming in Spring Hope and the husband of Lisa Barnes, who was elected to the state House and resigned from her former position on the county board.

Barnes has begun her first term in the General Assembly. She defeated the Democratic incumbent in House District 7, which includes parts of Nash and Franklin counties.

County boards must consult with the local political party of a departing elected official before making a selection to fill a vacancy, according to N.C. General Statute 153A-27.

The Nash County Board of Commissioners has three Republicans, who are automatically members of the Nash County GOP Executive Committee: Chairman Robbie Davis, Vice Chairman Wayne Outlaw and Commissioner Dan Cone.

The county board has 60 days from the date of Barnes’ resignation to name a replacement. She resigned Dec. 31.