Melissa Gott nominated by New Hanover Co. GOP to replace Ted Davis

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Submitted: Thu, 10/04/2012 - 3:32am
Updated: Thu, 10/04/2012 - 2:49pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County may soon have a woman on the board of commissioners. That’s if the county GOP has its way.

Wednesday night, Melissa Gott was nominated by the county’s Republican party to replace former Commission Chair Ted Davis on the board. Davis was appointed to take over former State Rep. Danny McComas’s seat, who resigned after being appointed chairman of the N.C. State Ports Authority Board of Directors.

Gott is a Wilmington area attorney and former planning board chairwoman.

“Obviously, I’m very thrilled,” Gott says. “Looking forward to representing New Hanover County and the Republican Party.”

There are currently three Republican candidates running for county commission seats. To be fair, Gott says the party decided on an outside choice.

“They didn’t want to select one particular candidate, because they would have had to select one of the three that are currently running and obviously all of our candidates are excellent candidates for county commission,” Gott says.

However, Gott cannot officially take over the seat until the remaining four commissioners vote her in. Commissioner Rick Catlin says Gott has his vote, and says she is clearly prepared for the job.

“I think that they made a good choice and I’m going to go with the party recommendation,” Catlin says. “She’s already got experience. She was chairman of the planning commission and most of the things that we’ve got coming up in the next few meetings will probably be planning type issues.”

Commissioners will select and swear in their pick during a special meeting on Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the County Government Center in Wilmington.


  • Guest Herbert says:

    We’ve needed a hot County Commissioner for a long time. She made watching Planning Board meetings a delight! We need a few more Susi Hamiltons and Melissa Gotts in elected office as interest in local issues will soar! Hail to the Chiefettes!

  • Guesttttttttttt says:

    First of all I am a conservative and vote accordingly.

    Please keep in mind that the current leaders of the New Hanover County Republican Party are the same leaders that were in place last year when Brian Berger fully revealed his incompetence as a commissioner. Those leaders not only stood behind Berger but refused to respond to the voters’ concerns. The local GOP leaders failed us and are still in power.

    However, this may or may not be a reflection of Melissa Gott. She may be well qualified to help our County, which is what this is all about.

    I just ask my fellow conservatives to be diligent in researching our candidates.

  • justaguest says:

    Your comments are incorrect and misleading on several levels. The current GOP leadership was not in place in 2010 when Commissioner Berger was elected. Secondly, due to NUMEROUS concerns regarding Commissioner Berger’s seeming inability to effectively serve, Chairwoman Rhonda Amoroso placed this item on the agenda at one of the party’s monthly executive committee meetings. Not a single person stood up to voice their concerns or introduce a motion that would address Commissioner Berger. Clearly, you are not that involved, otherwise you would have known this. You cannot blame Brian Berger on the Republican Party. He was recruited and supported by a specific group of individuals otherwise known as the Alliance for a Better Local Economy (ABLE). You can thank them for Brian Berger. Thirdly, anyone with an ounce of common sense can see that there is no comparison between Brian Berger and Melissa Gott. She is more than qualified for the position. She along with a dozen other people met with the Party’s vetting committee, which was put into place to stop future Brian Berger’s from occurring. Rather than being so concerned about what happened more than a year ago, it seems to me that your energy would be much better served by working to get out the conservative vote.

  • Guest1004 says:

    She will be a much needed voice on the board.

  • Guest432 says:

    After listening to her on the news, what’s up with that whiny, squeaky voice?

  • Guesttttttttttttt says:

    Based on your reply, it is very clear that you barely read my original post. I don’t even know how to reply to you other than tell you to re-read what I wrote.

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