Lee County attorney fills vacant House District 54 seat

tgrubb@newsobserver.comJanuary 25, 2014 

— Sanford lawyer Robert Reives II was chosen Friday to fill former state Rep. Deb McManus’ vacant House District 54 seat.

The district includes Chatham County and a slice of Lee County.

An N.C. House 54 Democratic Party Executive Committee – two Chatham County and two Lee County representatives – unanimously voted to appoint Reives in a meeting at the Chatham County Courthouse in Pittsboro.

The nomination was forwarded to Gov. Pat McCrory, who is expected to appoint the person selected by the committee.

McManus’ term expires in December. Officials said Reives may seek re-election in November.

McManus, a first-term representative from Siler City and former Chatham County Schools board member, resigned in December after being charged with three felony counts of embezzlement. The state tax charges are related to her husband’s medical office, Carolina Family Practice in Siler City.

Reives handles criminal, civil and personal injury cases for Wilson and Reives law firm, is the first vice chairman of the local Democratic Party, a former assistant district attorney and a certified mediator.

He also is an active member of the Sanford Chamber of Commerce, Lee County Education Foundation and the Lee County Bar Association. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from UNC-Chapel Hill. He earned his law degree from the UNC-CH School of Law.

His father is a longtime member of the Lee County Board of Commissioners.

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