Governor announces appointments for County Boards of Elections Chair

Published 5:37 pm Tuesday, July 27, 2021

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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.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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