Six Names Offered For NC Transportation Board

Gov. Beverly Perdue has offered six names to serve on a North Carolina Board of Transportation that's focused now more on policy and less on individual projects.

Perdue's office said the names have been submitted to legislative leaders, which is required before they can serve. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday they should be seated at the board's August meeting.

Her choices are Charles Watts of Durham; Charlotte developer John Collett; retired Army general Hugh Overholt of New Bern, Kinston businessman Leigh McNairy; Winston-Salem investor Ralph Womble; and real estate executive Wanda Proffitt.

Perdue ordered in January that the transportation board cede its authority to award highway construction projects to Transportation Secretary Gene Conti and focus more on road-building policy issues.


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  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 10, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    Six sorry slimy Dumbocrats that are as crooked and lowdown as Perdue her self.She should just appoint me, MrT as Transportation Czar.Tell her to pick me and we will have CHANGE!
  • by jackson Location: kinston on Jul 10, 2009 at 10:44 AM
    McNairy is Felix Harvey's daughter. He is the father of the GTP. I smell a rat
  • by disgusted Location: all over nc on Jul 10, 2009 at 10:26 AM
    Mr. Conti was in charge of the Global Transpark. All failure on any ledger sheet you will find. Another terrible decision by the Governor.
  • by Noneya Location: IBX on Jul 10, 2009 at 10:00 AM
    Well said, fed up !!!! I thought the same thing.
  • by fed up Location: aurora on Jul 10, 2009 at 09:13 AM
    Imagine that! Read these names and job descriptions reallllll good folks. Notice they are real estate exc., developers, financers, and most important, a buisness man from Kinston. What do these people have in common? It certaintly ain't knowledge about highway construction. Let's see, could it be like returning a favor? Or maybe it's just that comrade bev needs her wealthy comrades to be in Raliegh, close to her for support. I guess Easley didn't do a good enough job of robbing the taxpayers of N.C. so now comrade bev is goining to make sure, NO ONE BUT HER FRIENDS, can have any say on what goes on in Raliegh. Wonder how much we will have to pay these "FRIENDS" of hers to sit on this board? And why did she order the former Board to turn it's authority over to the transportation sec. Sounds to me like she just wanted to get her "FRIENDS" on a board to repay them for their generosity. Maybe she needs to be investigated also.
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