Former sheriff takes District 69 seat
Union County’s newest state representative is no stranger to county issues.
Democratic Party leaders from Anson and Union counties held a special meeting Sunday, March 6, appointing former Union County Sheriff Frank McGuirt to the North Carolina General Assembly. Mcguirt was appointed to the state House to replace Rep. Pryor Gibson in the, who resigned his position after eight years to become a governmental adviser for Gov. Bev Perdue. McGuirt will represent District 69, made up of Anson County and the eastern part of Union County.
“Public service has always been an interesting endeavor of mine,” McGuirt said. “I saw this as a good opportunity for me to continue working closely with this state’s legislature.”
McGuirt was selected from three candidates. A four-member committee, with two representatives from each county, gave him the majority vote.
McGuirt has lived in the area for more than 35 years, serving as Union County sheriff for 23 years and retiring in 2002. He is married to an Anson County native, and has ties with both areas. He has been involved in his community for more than two decades, and has no plans of stopping.
McGuirt was sworn into office Monday afternoon and quickly attended his first meetings for the General Assembly. Despite having little time to get acclimated to his new position, Mcguirt said he is already prepared and eager to take his post seriously.
“As of right now there is no one hot topic for me to address,” McGuirt said. “But a goal of mine is to make North Carolina a better place for job opportunities, and hopefully we can get this economy back on the right track.”
McGuirt said he looks forward to representing the district and serving out the term to which Gibson was elected in November.