- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A Winston-Salem minister and a former state House member will be heading to Raleigh to serve out two-year terms for North Carolina General Assembly seats vacated earlier this month.

Caldwell County Republican leaders chose former state Rep. George Robinson on Thursday night to succeed veteran lawmaker Edgar Starnes in the 87th House District. Robinson defeated Starnes’ wife Marilyn. Edgar Starnes left the legislature to work for State Treasurer Janet Cowell.

Also Thursday, Forsyth County Democrats picked the Rev. Paul Lowe to succeed Earline Parmon in the 32nd Senate District. Parmon resigned this week and is taking a job on the staff of new U.S. Rep. Alma Adams.

Gov. Pat McCrory is required by law to appoint Robinson and Lowe to the legislature. Their terms expire at the end of 2016.

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