- Associated Press - Monday, May 16, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina House is back to full force at 120 members with the swearing-in of Mecklenburg County Republican Scott Stone to replace former Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer.

Stone took the oath of office Monday evening in the House chamber.

Mecklenburg County GOP activists chose Stone earlier this month to fill out the two-year term of Schaffer, who resigned last month just before the annual work session began. Gov. Pat McCrory appointed him late last week.

Stone is a former Charlotte mayoral candidate who won the March Republican primary to try and succeed Schaffer, who had already announced her decision not to seek re-election.

Stone will face a Democratic opponent in November to determine who represents the 105th District seat for the next two years.

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