- Associated Press - Thursday, May 23, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina’s elections board has money on its mind as it hires a new executive to run operations.

The State Board of Elections decided Thursday to pay Karen Brinson Bell a $140,000 annual salary after she takes over as the next executive director June 1.

Bell last week was selected to take over as state elections director after current director Kim Strach was ousted from the job she’d held since 2013. Strach was promoted to the job under Republican former Gov. Pat McCrory, but the elections board is now back in Democratic hands following lengthy litigation.

Strach was paid almost $111,000.

Bell is a Duplin County native now living in South Carolina who was formerly a regional staffer for the state elections board and ex-director of Transylvania County’s elections board.

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