- Associated Press - Friday, March 3, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina’s new Gov. Roy Cooper is shaping key state commissions by elevating Democratic appointees to leadership positions.

Cooper announced Friday that Zander Guy has returned to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission to become chairman again. The outgoing Surf City mayor succeeds Jim Gardner, a former lieutenant governor who recently left the commission. Republican Gov. Pat McCrory had chosen Gardner as chairman in 2013.

Gardner had succeeded Guy as chairman. Then-Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue appointed Guy to the board in 2009.

Guy was convicted of fraud in 1990 after he was accused of overcharging clients at his insurance agency and pocketing more than $15,000. Gov. Jim Martin commuted his sentence after Guy served three months in prison. He was later pardoned.

Cooper also said Friday that North Carolina Education Lottery Commission member Courtney Crowder is now chairman, succeeding McCrory pick Kim Griffin Jr. Crowder was a lobbyist for and adviser to Perdue.

State Ethics Commission Vice Chair Jane Finch is now the chair. She has been appointed to the commission or its predecessor board by several Democratic governors covering over 20 years. McCrory had named John Branch chairman before leaving office in late December.

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