Farmer-Butterfield leaving N.C. House for appeals board

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Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield (Photo: NC General Assembly)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers have confirmed a veteran legislator to a state panel considered the last arbiter of unemployment benefit appeals, thus creating a vacancy in the General Assembly.

The House and Senate formally voted on Wednesday to approve Gov. Roy Cooper’s nomination of Wilson County Democratic Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield to the North Carolina Employment Security Board of Review.

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The confirmation means she’ll have to step down from her House seat.

Local Democratic activists will have to choose someone to fill out her term, as well as to pick someone to replace her on the November ballot.