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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioners decided to send nominee Melissa Gott back to the county GOP for more vetting after someone complained that she’s not a full time resident of the county. Gott was nominated to take over for Commissioner Ted Davis after he was named to the state senate.

Some are saying this is a last minute smear campaign by some in the Republican Party to keep Gott out of the seat. The New Hanover County GOP nominated Gott to replace Davis Wednesday night.

She and her husband own several houses around the Cape Fear area, but Gott says her primary residence is in New Hanover County. The issues stem from her being registered to vote in New Hanover County and her husband being registered in Brunswick County. She told us that he didn’t get around the changing his registration after they were married. But in telling the commissioners that her husband lives with her in New Hanover County, she alluded to the fact that he’s been voting in Brunswick County for years, which could be considered voter fraud. That fact, some commissioners say, have them concerned.

“I understand that her husband has voted for the last several years in Brunswick County,” Commissioner Jonathan Barfield says. “I’m just trying to rationalize how can two people living in the same household vote in different counties. She’s a friend of mine but at the same time, I’ve got to make sure I’m making a good decision for the citizens of this county.”

“It really caught me off guard that this would be something that I would be challenged on,” Gott says.

Commissioners approved a resolution that requests the GOP to meet with the New Hanover County Board of Elections Director to confirm that Gott is indeed a full-time resident of the county. They’ll present their findings at the next commissioner meeting. But as of Friday night, it appeared that Gott didn’t have a majority of commissioners willing to approve her nomination.

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2015 years 11 months ago

Are you kidding? Hickey beat Dawson in the primary with very little effort. White spent a tremendous amount of money donated by the very definition of the good ol’ boys club and is very, very, very far right such that independents will likely not support him. The whole argument for not appointing Hickey was because Dawson and White cried that it was “unfair” to their campaigns. Neither of these two candidates had the votes needed to be appointed to the board. How is any of this an attack on the reputation of Ms. Gott?? This… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

Let me see….this NHC-GOP/Teabaggers sound like the same crowd that endorsed Mr. Berger, what a surprise!!!

2015 years 11 months ago

Do our local politicians think that we the voters are fools? Ms. Gott states that she and her husband live together but yet vote in different counties…lol. Perhaps the County border dissects their residence. I wonder what her Brunswick County residence utility bill would reveal? Please Ms. Gott have some integrity and character and stop lying to the B.O.C. and to the voters.
Jason Thompson stated that he would not seek another term so he could find more time to spend with his family. Apparently his family came in second place to his plans to run again in the primary. However… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

Me and my bird dog, Charlie, usually go for a ride after our walk in the mornings. Today we changed our compass heading and went past two new places of interest…….602 Chestnut Street and 10193 Vandorn Ct.

No Wonder Miss Gott chooses to live and raise her children at the old run down wooden structure with a parking lot for a back yard in downtown Wilmington instead of the two story brick mansion over on the plantation. As you enter the plantation there is a sign declaring no dog walking in the sub division. Any place that doesn’t like dogs… Read more »

2015 years 11 months ago

Thompson was defeated soundly in the primary and now wants Catlin’s two year seat in December. Hickey tried to win the party’s nomination for Davis’s two month seat because he knows he does not have the support to beat White/Barfield/Zapple/Dawson. Hickey was defeated by a “wide margin” by Gott when the executive committee met this week. Gott threw a kink in this plan because she will not play ball with the good ol boys. Apparently, Berger mentioned at today’s commish meeting that it was important for the commissioners to move forward and select an appointee immediately… Read more »

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