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Carolyn Justice appointed GOP vice-chairwoman

A former Pender County lawmaker has been elected vice chairwoman of the N.C. Republican Party.

Meeting in Concord on Saturday, the state GOP executive committee elected Carolyn Justice to the post. She replaces Winston-Salem Republican Joyce Krawiec, who last month was appointed to fill the state Senate seat vacated by Pete Brunstetter.

Justice, 67, served five terms in the N.C. House before leaving last year. She defeated another former lawmaker, Glen Bradley, who once proposed the state create its own currency.

Justice served as chairwoman of the environment committee during her tenure.

“For decades, Carolyn Justice has been a committed and principled conservative leader in our party, and it’s a privilege to have her as the new vice chairwoman of the NCGOP,” party Chairman Claude Pope said in a statement. “Carolyn’s proven leadership and wealth of public service experience will be enormously beneficial in our efforts to take back Kay Hagan’s Senate seat and keep our majorities in the General Assembly.”