New commissioner in town

Published 11:35 pm Tuesday, August 20, 2019

David Moore sworn into office as new Polk commissioner

COLUMBUS—Polk County welcomed a new commissioner Monday night as David Moore was officially approved by the board and sworn into office. 

Moore (R) replaces Jake Johnson (R), who resigned recently after being appointed as the North Carolina House District 113 Representative. Johnson was appointed to serve out the term of Cody Henson (R), who resigned this summer. 

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Following commissioners unanimously approving Moore’s appointment, Polk County Registrar of Deeds Sheila Whitmire swore Moore into office. 

Moore had Rev. Don Hollified, with Coopers Gap Baptist Church offer a prayer prior to the swearing in. Moore was joined in his swear in ceremony by his wife Lorraine and daughter Stacey. 

Moore said he used his mother’s Bible to be sworn in. 

“My mom would be proud,” Moore said. “I know she’s looking down on me.” 

All commissioners and many from the public welcomed and congratulated Moore on the appointment. 

The Polk County Republican Executive Committee unanimously recommended Moore be appointed to replace Johnson. Moore resigned his position last week on the Polk County Board of Elections, which he has served since 2013. 

Polk County Board of Election member Scott Woodworth spoke during citizen comments to congratulate Moore, speaking on his participation on the election board. 

“This is a good step for him to help the citizens of Polk County,” Woodworth said. 

Commissioner chair Tommy Melton welcomed Moore as did all commissioners. 

“I think you are going to do a wonderful job,” Melton said. 

Moore thanked everyone for the support and accolades. 

“I’m first of all, open minded,” Moore said. “I’m going to listen. I’m also going to make mistakes. I’m human.” 

Moore ended his commissioner comments with a quote that he said he used to use a lot while on the board of elections. 

“Watch your thoughts, they become words,” Moore quoted. “Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

Moore will serve out the remainder of Johnson’s term, which will end in 2020. 

Moore will have the option to file for election in December of this year for the November 2020 election. Johnson’s seat, as well as the seat of Ray Gasperson (D) and Myron Yoder (R) will be open in 2020.