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Perdue transition team becomes more diverse

Posted November 17, 2008

— Governor-elect Beverly Perdue has added four new members to her transition team after criticism over her selection of three white men to lead the effort.

Perdue announced late Monday the additions, three of whom are women. Three of the four also are black. Some outside her campaign, including state NAACP President William Barber, last week questioned why minorities and women weren't part of what was announced initially as the team leaders.

Perdue transition spokesman David Kochman said the lieutenant governor has always been committed to diversity and called Monday's announcement a natural progression in the transition process.

The team's newcomers are State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee and North Carolina Community College System Chairwoman Hilda Pinnix-Ragland. Valeria Lee, former president of Golden LEAF, the Rocky Mount foundation that handles the state's tobacco litigation settlement fund, and ex-lottery commission member Linda Carlisle also were named to the transition team.


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  • daMoFo Nov 18, 2008

    Thank goodness she got some "diversity". I was afraid she might actually hire the best people for the job.

  • whatusay Nov 18, 2008

    So the only way we will have a good NC government is for Perdue's administration to be made up of women and blacks. What ever happened to honest, smart, educated, hard working people (whether male, female, black,or white). Just hire the most competent person for the job. Perdue has already started off looking incompetent, trying to diversify. With advisors like Barber she is in for a rough 4 years. My confidence level so far is at zero.

  • nandud Nov 18, 2008

    "She and her team will do the best for our state. Heck, she will do more in a year than Governor Easley did in the last four. Give her a CHANCE. Hokie 94"

    We're not saying we won't give Bev a chance. We're saying that Barber and the NAACP need to butt out!

  • VT1994Hokie Nov 18, 2008

    Governor Elect Perdue is a pretty smart lady. She wants to get this right. She has spent over 20 years in Raleigh and, I have met and talked to her several times over the years. She always came to several educational functions and was pretty down to earth.

    She and her team will do the best for our state. Heck, she will do more in a year than Governor Easley did in the last four. Give her a CHANCE.

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  • Garnerwolf1 Nov 18, 2008

    Looks like she ought to be able to select anyone she wants. After all she is beholden to no one, other than the NC Dem machine, because nobody actually voted for her - they just voted straight ticket.

  • Garnerwolf1 Nov 18, 2008

    So does them mean she is going to kowtow to every group that whines loudly? If so, we're in for a tough 4 years.

  • ncguy Nov 18, 2008

    How about hiring based on experience and past records? What a concept!


  • charles1003 Nov 18, 2008

    If appointing a few blacks and women is bad, but appointing even more is fantastic then we need to do even more. Perdue needs to announce that her transition team will only be comprised of blacks or black women.

  • ratherbnnc Nov 18, 2008

    Black is the new white, NAACP. They will be plowing barren fields pretty soon... better find another group of "colored" people to misrepresent.

    Why anyone listens to them or worse, takes action to placate them is beyond me. If they were routinely ignored they would shrivel up and blow away. All the controversy makes them stronger.
    Justin T.

    I couldnt have said it any better!! AMEN TO THAT