Representative resigns, district committee to look for replacement
Three months after the latest round of elections, Union County has replaced a district attorney and now will have to search for a new state House Representative for the eastern part of the county. On Tuesday, Feb. 22, Gov. Perdue announced she had appointed Rep. Pryor Gibson as her senior adviser for governmental affairs.
“Representing this community has been and always will be the most important of my public service life,” Gibson said. “I am honored, challenged, and humbled by the new opportunity. I have represented and we live in the best place on Earth.”
While the Anson County native has resigned, he will stay in office until a replacement has been found.
That decision will be up to the local Democratic party, according to Perdue’s communications team.
“The normal process is the party executive committee, in this case a democratic one,selects the replacement,” Deputy Communications Director Mark Johnson said. “(Gibson) will not take his job until a replacement is found, so the district won’t be left without representation.”
The process is usually pretty quick, Johnson said, adding that this case is slightly different. Gibson’s district includes eastern Union County and parts of Anson County, so it will be up to the Democratic parties from both counties to come together and agree on a replacement for the eight-term incumbent, who won re-election in November.
“Even in a case like this, the process can happen fast,” Johnson said. “He may be on the job as early as March 1.”
Gibson takes over the new role, which comes complete with a $153,000 salary, due to the departure of former governmental affairs adviser Andy Willis, who took over as director of the Office of State Budget and Management. Current director Charlie Perusse announced plans in December to take a position with the University of North Carolina college system.
In addition, Perdue will replace her general counsel, Eddie Speas, who also announced in December his plans to return to private practice. Taking his position will be Deputy Attorney General Mark Davis
In a press release, Perdue highlighted Gibson’s reputation for building relationships with all members of the General Assembly.
“I am pleased that we were able to replace first rate team members with an equally top flight group,” Perdue said. “They will play crucial roles as we move forward with our plans to grow jobs and strengthen education in our state.”