State News

Democrats choose White as replacement for Basnight

Posted January 21, 2011 4:02 a.m. EST
Updated January 21, 2011 8:44 p.m. EST

— A committee of North Carolina Democrats has chosen a former Dare County commissioner to the remainder of the term of former state Senate leader Marc Basnight.

Stan White was nominated to replace Basnight at a meeting Friday night of the North Carolina Democratic Party 1st District Senate Executive Committee.

White is a Nags Head businessman and a current member of the state Board of Transportation. His name will be sent to Gov. Bev Perdue, who will appoint him to fill the vacancy.

Basnight, the longest-serving head of a legislative body in North Carolina history, announced on Jan. 4 that he would resign his seat before the new session begins because of a chronic health condition that affects his speech.