As New Hanover County Commissioner Rick Catlin prepares for
his last meeting before he takes his North Carolina House District 20 seat, the
board will be left with another open spot.
New Hanover County Republican Party Chairwoman Rhonda
Amoroso said she does not know the nominating committee’s schedule.
The five committee members signed confidentiality agreements
so the names currently being considered are private.
“We’re trying to keep the press a little tighter than last
time,” Amoroso said on Monday, Dec. 3. “… It’s really to protect the candidates
Controversy surrounded the last nomination when local
attorney and former planning board chairwoman Melissa Gott’s voter residency
Gott, who is now re-registered in the county, first withdrew
her objection to the challenge, removing her name from the voter rolls. She
later registered at the same address, 602
Chestnut St., during early voting.
“We’re trying just to improve the process so we don’t have a
repeat of the last one,” Amoroso said.
The executive committee meeting is scheduled for Dec. 13 at
7 p.m. at Jungle Rapids to nominate a person to fill the two-year term. The
next regular commissioners’ meeting is scheduled on Monday, Dec. 17.
Catlin said he spoke with Amoroso last week.
“I wanted to make sure that they got a recommendation to the
commissioners before the following meeting so that we wouldn’t have a vacant
seat,” he said. “… I think one of the things that added a week or so to the
process is they’re actually going to do a background check on the candidates
which is a good idea.”
Catlin said he has not heard anything about who the
candidates on the list are yet.
“It’s a decision of the board that has to work with them for
the next two years so I respect that,” he said. “I just hope they continue to
think of me as part of the team because Ill
always be a commissioner at heart and continue to do what I can for this area.
I look forward to working with them in the future.”
Amoroso said she has full confidence in the nominating
committee and process.
“These folks that are serving have spent hours working on
this,” Amoroso said. “I trust they will come up with somebody who is acceptable
and confident and qualified; that’s really what we’re looking for.”
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