Governor announces appointments for County Boards of Elections Chair
Published 5:37 pm Tuesday, July 27, 2021
RALEIGH – Governor Roy Cooper has announced the names of those he appointed as Chair of Boards of Election in each North Carolina county.
The following individuals were appointed by Governor in the Roanoke-Chowan area:
Bertie County: William Michael Freeman
Gates County: Rev. Jimmy Boone
Hertford County: Johnny Sessoms
Northampton County: Vivian Branch
In early July, the State Board of Elections appointed four members to all 100 county boards of elections – the latest class of elections officials working to administer and safeguard elections.
Every two years, state statute requires the State Board to appoint four members, two from each leading party, to the county boards of elections. Gov. Cooper appoints the fifth member, who will serve as chair.
Those appointed to new terms in the Roanoke-Chowan area are as follows:
Bertie County: Michael Fields and Timothy Davis (Republicans); James Lee and Anthony Ward (Democrats).
Gates County: Emily Cross and James Sears (Democrats); Leslie Hill and Karen Sims (Republicans).
Hertford County: Gregory Ray Phillips and Keyuantie Lyons (Republicans); Jeri Pierce and Tonya Freeman (Democrats).
Northampton County: Eugene Taylor and Sandra Goffington-Dickens (Democrats); Vickie Evans and Myron Grueneich (Republicans).
Board members serve two-year terms, which expire in July 2023.
The state chairs of the Democratic and Republican parties recommended three registered voters in each county for appointment. The State Board appointed two of those individuals from each party. Each appointment is contingent on the nominee having properly completed an application and agreeing not to engage in prohibited political speech while serving on the county board.