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.