Election board to examine NC09 race named

A new North Carolina elections board expected to try and resolve the nation’s last unsettled congressional race is now in place.

On Thursday, Governor Roy Cooper appointed five members to the new North Carolina State Board of Elections.

The new board has three democrats and two republicans, keeping with tradition that the governor’s party gets the majority of seats. Of the five new members of the NCSBE, three are from our area.

On the democratic side, there's Stella Anderson, David Black and Jeff Carmon III. Anderson is from Boone and Black is a Concord business executive. Bob Cordle and Ken Raymond are on the republican side. Cordle is from Charlotte, and was elected chairman of the board.

Three of those newly appointed are also former state board members, two of whom served on the most recent board, which was disbanded in December after a court decision. They had refused to certify the November results in the NC09 race because of alleged absentee ballot irregularities.

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That election will be at the top of the list of priorities for the new board, although there is no indication when any decision on the race will come down. 

The focus of the investigation by board staff has been on Bladen County political worker, McRae Dowless, who worked to support Harris’ campaign and was hired at the candidate’s insistence.

Republican Mark Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes. The new board could declare a winner or order a new election.

In a statement, the board said the panel should meet in February to consider evidence in the district election, with board members setting a specific date next week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.