Panel elects Basnight successor

Staff WriterJanuary 22, 2011 

— RALEIGH -- Stan White, a real estate agent and state Department of Transportation board member, was selected Friday night by a committee of Democrats to fill the state Senate seat vacated by outgoing Senate President Marc Basnight.

White, who owns Stan White Realty and Construction on the Outer Banks, is a former member of Dare County commissioners and board chairman.

Basnight, a Manteo Democrat, won his bid in November to serve a 14th term, but the election turned control of the state legislature over to Republicans. He announced his resignation this month, citing his declining health and personal time needed for a new love in his life.

On Friday night, the First Senatorial District Executive Committee met in Columbia and held several rounds of votes before White unanimously won in the final round, according to Chris Hardee, chairman of the 3rd Congressional District committee, who oversaw the vote.

White ran against six other candidates who were nominated by the executive committee for the seat. The other candidates were: Virginia Tillet, a Dare County commissioner; Paul Tine, a businessman; Arthur Williams, a former state senator from Washington; Kathryn Fagan, a lawyer; Matt Wood, a former Pasquotank County commissioner and school board member; and Una Green, chairman of Pasquotank's Democratic Party.

The executive committee has 14 delegates, two from every county in the district where there is an organized Democratic Party.

Hardee will notify Gov. Bev Perdue on Monday of White's selection. Perdue will appoint White on Tuesday, Hardee said, so he can be seated with the freshman class on Wednesday, the first day of the legislative session.

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