The state Board of Elections on Friday chose a new chairman: newly appointed member Grant Whitney Jr.
Whitney was sworn in after a unanimous vote of the board.
The governor appointed Whitney to finish serving the term of Josh Howard, who resigned. The term ends in May 2017.
Whitney is a former chairman of the Mecklenburg County Republican Party. He was been a partner at Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein since 1979, where he handles commercial real estate and property transactions.
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The board’s five members are appointed by the governor upon the recommendations of the state Republican and Democrat party leaders.