- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

MOCKSVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A county commissioner who once ran for North Carolina governor will fill a legislative seat vacated when a Republican senator joined a state board.

Republican activists from Rowan, Davie and Iredell counties in the 34th Senate District chose Davie commissioner Dan Barrett to succeed former Sen. Andrew Brock, who resigned June 30. The Salisbury Post reports Barrett beat Salisbury attorney Bill Graham and former Rowan commissioner Chad Mitchell at Tuesday’s meeting.

Gov. Roy Cooper is now required to appoint Barrett, who will serve the remainder of Brock’s term through 2018. Senate leader Phil Berger appointed Brock to the Board of Review, which hears unemployment insurance benefit claim appeals.

The legislature reconvenes Friday, with floor votes next week.

Barrett ran unsuccessfully for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in 2004.

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Information from: Salisbury Post, https://www.salisburypost.com

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