Keever recommended to fill vacant North Carolina House seat

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August 31, 2010

RALEIGH, North Carolina: On August 26 the Buncombe County Democratic Party Executive Committee voted to recommend Patricia Keever to fill the district 115 seat left vacant when D. Bruce Goforth resigned last month. The committee's recommendation was sent to Gov. Beverly Perdue, who must sign it to officially appoint Keever to serve the remainder of the unexpired term.[1]

Keever, who is currently seeking a full two-year term for district 115, defeated Goforth in the May 4 primary by a margin of 3,683-2,481. She will face Republican Mark Crawford in the November 2 general election.

There has been much speculation as to why Goforth resigned, as the session was over and no more legislative action was scheduled for the year. Initially, many thought it was in order to get a head start on the six-month waiting period required for former legislators to register as lobbyists. Goforth, however, denied this, stating, "One thing I'd really like to be on is a university board of some kind."[2] An appointment to such a board would also require a six-month waiting period.

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