Longtime Republican political figure Joyce Krawiec of Winston-Salem has been tapped to replace Pete Brunstetter in the state Senate.
Brunstetter, a four-term Republican and one of the Senate’s key budget-writers, resigned at the end of last month to take a job as executive vice president and chief legal officer of Novant Health.
Krawiec is vice chairwoman of the state Republican Party, grassroots chairwoman of the N.C. Federation of Republican women, and grassroots coordinator for the state chapter of FreedomWorks – a national conservative group that last year drew the ire of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner for its criticism of some Congressional Republicans.
“I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican – in that order,” Krawiec said at a candidate forum before Republican officials in Winston-Salem on Tuesday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
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Gov. Pat McCrory will appoint her to the Senate upon the local party’s nomination, under state law.
She will have to run in the May primary, and already has at least one committed opponent: former Forsyth County district attorney Tom Keith. In 2012, Krawiec served a few months in the state House to complete the term of Rep. Larry Brown, who died in office.
Krawiec, who owns a commercial real estate development company, was named by the governor last month to the N.C. Council for Women.