PITTSBORO — The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners elected a new member this week, much to the surprise of Mayor Randy Voller.
Clint Bryan III will fill the seat left when his father, Clinton Bryan Jr., died of cancer in February. The position will be open for election this November.
Board members had previously tabled discussion of appointing a new commissioner.
"I had no idea that a vote would be taken on any candidate," Voller said, adding that he favored considering candidates who had previously run for election.
Commissioner Max Cotten, who called for the last-minute addition to Monday night's meeting agenda, said he did not think that was necessary.
"I have taken the position that the last election was two years ago and therefore was not applicable," he said.
Efrain Ramirez, who had lost a bid for the board to Commissioner Chris Walker in 2005, told the board last month that he would like to fill the position.
Bryan, 51, owns a Nissan dealership in New Bern and a used-car lot in Swansboro. This will be his first government position.
He said he was approached by members of the board -- he wouldn't say which ones -- about taking his father's seat. "I don't know that I can ever fill his shoes, but I'll do my best," he said.
Bryan said he doesn't know whether he will run for election this fall. "We're just going to see how it goes right now," he said.
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