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Freshman Rep. Foushee to fill Kinnaird's Senate seat

Posted September 8, 2013
Updated September 10, 2013

— Freshman state Rep. Valerie Foushee will succeed Chapel Hill Democrat Ellie Kinnaird in the North Carolina Senate.

A committee of Orange County and Chatham County Democrats selected Foushee, D-Orange, from a list of several contenders, including Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton, former state Rep. Alice Bordsen and well-known author and blogger Amy Tiemann.

Foushee will serve the remainder of Kinnaird's term, expiring December 2014. Because the district is considered one of the few "safe" Democratic districts drawn in the GOP's 2011 redistricting maps, she is considered likely to win election to a full term.

Foushee was the first black woman elected to the Orange County Board of Commissioners. She chaired that board, as well as the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education, before she won her first House term in 2012. She's been endorsed by fellow state House freshman Rep. Deb McManus, D-Chatham. 

She will be formally appointed to Kinnaird's open seat by Gov. Pat McCrory, but a date for the swearing in has not been set. 

Kinnaird, 81, announced her resignation last month, effective immediately, to work on outreach efforts to ensure people had the required photo identification to vote under a new state law. She was in her ninth term in the state Senate.

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  • Vote for Pedro Sep 10, 11:58 a.m.

    A GOP district in JoCo would have to streach for 50+ miles to get enough concervative voters to be considered even a neutral district....baldchip

    You don't know jack about JoCo if you think that. I live in JoCo and despite my efforts we continue to elect knucklehead Republicans.

  • arfamr1008 Sep 9, 10:48 a.m.

    It would seem some live in a very tiny box, or simply don't understand how gerrymandering works. To save you some time, the minority voters are disprotionately contained in a few districts, thereby reducing the influence of their vote overall. (Not too late to get a GED.)

    jackjones2nc

    always comes back to race for you people. Can vote based on county lines...gotta make crazy districts that correct teh self-segregation of minorities. Kinda like bussing kids accross wake county to balance racial test scores. Sad.

  • jackjones2nc Sep 9, 10:40 a.m.

    ** WHOA NOW!!! I thought the repubs gerrymandered the districts to suppress voters?!?!? How on earth is there a "safe district" with all this maderin goinz on round here? - arfamr1008 **

    It would seem some live in a very tiny box, or simply don't understand how gerrymandering works. To save you some time, the minority voters are disprotionately contained in a few districts, thereby reducing the influence of their vote overall. (Not too late to get a GED.)

  • Obamacare for everyone Sep 9, 10:32 a.m.

    I have a bad feeling about this woman.

  • mmtlash Sep 9, 10:16 a.m.

    "WHOA NOW!!! I thought the repubs gerrymandered the districts to suppress voters?!?!? How on earth is there a "safe district" with all this maderin goinz on round here?" -arfamr1008

    The NC GOP has packed democrats into a few districts instead of spreading them out evenly amongst many districts, this creates a few safe Dem districts and numerous safe GOP districts with very few swing districts...it protects the GOP majority...the new map worked in the 2012 elections, even though NC voted 51% democratic and only 49% GOP in the NC House election (that's about 100,000 more Dem votes then GOP votes) the districts went from 7/6 Dem majority to 9/4 GOP majority....

  • baldchip Sep 9, 9:37 a.m.

    A GOP district in JoCo would have to streach for 50+ miles to get enough concervative voters to be considered even a neutral district. Liberal is not strong enough for most residents of Orange & Chatham Co.

    Ms. Kinnard served that area well-always carrying the ultra liberal banner for them. At 81, she should have retired 10 years ago!!!

    Life goes on as that vote will be smothered by GOP conservative votes.

  • x7 Sep 9, 9:32 a.m.

    She is very popular, and any challenges to her seat in the future, will result in failure.

  • jweaks Sep 9, 9:16 a.m.

    Very interesting and somewhat surprising. Now we'll see what happens with the D50 House seat. I wonder if any Dems will primary Foushee?

  • heelrox Sep 9, 9:13 a.m.

    A safe seat? then the Dems need to quit whinning about the district map. But it is the OC, so all libs are welcome to run and fight it out to see who can be the biggest lib on the block

  • arfamr1008 Sep 9, 9:10 a.m.

    WHOA NOW!!! I thought the repubs gerrymandered the districts to suppress voters?!?!? How on earth is there a "safe district" with all this maderin goinz on round here?

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