County-level political parties will select two new state legislators this week after a Republican House member and Democratic Senator resigned to take new jobs.
Rep. Edgar Starnes of Caldwell County left to work for the State Treasurer’s Office. The Caldwell Republican Party will meet Thursday night to select his replacement.
Two candidates want Starnes’ seat, according to the Hickory Daily Record: former Rep. George Robinson and Starnes’ wife Marilyn. Other hopefuls could be nominated at Thursday’s meeting.
The Forsyth County Democratic Party also meets Thursday night to select a successor to Sen. Earline Parmon, who’s resigning to work for Congresswoman Alma Adams. Paul Lowe, a Winston-Salem Baptist pastor, told the Winston-Salem Journal that he’s seeking the seat. Rep. Ed Hanes said he’d consider taking the job if he’s asked.
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The new legislators won’t be official until they’re formally appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory. With the General Assembly resuming Wednesday after a two-week break, they’ll have to hit the ground running.