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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County’s new state senator will be sworn in to office Tuesday.

Michael Lee will take the oath of office to serve in the 9th District NC Senate seat during a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at Wilmington City Council Chambers. Court of Appeals Justice Bob Hunter will administer the oath.

“I am excited to represent the great people of this county over the coming months and will fight for the causes that I believe in: protecting the film incentive, reforming our education system, and promoting pro-growth economic policies,” Lee said in a statement. “I also look forward to the campaign this fall where I hope to earn the trust and confidence of the voters in November.”

Lee, a Republican is running against Democrat Elizabeth Redenbaugh for the seat in November.

Lee takes office to replace Sen. Thom Goolsby, who recently resigned. Goolsby had announced early this year he would not seek a third term. The New Hanover County Republican Party Executive Committee nominated Lee to fill the seat last week.

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