New county commissioner recommended

Published 10:53 pm Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Republican Executive Committee recommends David Moore

COLUMBUS—The Polk County Board of Commissioners now has a recommendation to replace commissioner Jake Johnson (R). 

The Polk County Republican Party Executive Committee met Tuesday night and unanimously selected David Moore to be appointed commissioner. 

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Commissioners are expected to appoint Moore and he be sworn into office Monday night during a meeting at 7 p.m. 

The vacancy was created recently when Johnson was appointed to replace North Carolina House of Representative District 113’s Cody Henson, who resigned. 

Johnson will serve out Henson’s term, which will end in 2020. Henson plans to run for the representative seat during the 2020 election. Johnson resigned as commissioner recently after being elected in 2016 as the high vote getter. 

Moore is currently on the Polk County Board of Elections and served as the chairman of that board until recently after being appointed in 2013. 

Moore was the only nominee during the executive committee’s special meeting to recommend a replacement. 

Moore said he is excited to serve as a commissioner. 

“I’m ready,” Moore said Wednesday morning. “I know it’s a big job and a big task but I’m ready to work for the citizens of this county.” 

Moore also said he plans to work for all the citizens, no matter their political affiliation. 

The Polk County Board of Elections is expected to meet this week to decide on a replacement for Moore on the board. 

The board of election appointment will be recommended by the board of elections and approved by the North Carolina Governor. The board currently has three democrats and two republicans, with a new republican needing to be appointed to serve out Moore’s term, which is up in 2020.