Under the Dome

Sanford man seeks House appointment


A second person has expressed an interest in being appointed to the state House of Representatives to fill a vacancy representing Chatham and Lee counties.

Robert Reives II, a lawyer from Sanford, has asked to be appointed to replace Deb McManus of Siler City, who resigned last month after being charged with state tax law violations.

Reives is the only person from Lee County so far to express an interest, according to The Sanford Herald.

Recently, Kathie Russell, a Raleigh lawyer and former Chatham County school board member, said she is seeking the position.

Reives is first vice chairman of the local party. His father is a longtime member of the Lee County Board of Commissioners, The Herald reports. He works at the Wilson and Reives law firm, where he handles criminal, civil and personal injury cases.

District 54 covers Chatham and Lee counties. Democratic Party leaders in both counties will have to agree on a candidate and submit that nomination to the governor, who is bound to appoint the recommended person.

Update: The selection process has been mapped out. There will be a meet-the-candidates session from 10 a.m. to noon on Jan. 11 at the Historic Chatham County Courthouse in Pittsboro.

Committee members will hear from candidates and quiz them. The public will also be allowed to comment.

Then the committee will make a decision at another public meeting, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the courthouse. The committee is comprised of Joshua Kricker and Jan Nichols from Chatham, and John Kirkman and Jimmy Love from Lee.

The committee is asking anyone who wants to express an opinion to email them at nchouse54vacancy@gmail.com.