A committee of North Carolina Democrats has chosen a former Dare County commissioner to the remainder of the term of former state Senate leader Marc Basnight.
District Chairman Chris Hardee headed the meeting and says Stan White was elected from 7 nominees to replace Basnight at a meeting Friday night of the North Carolina Democratic Party 1st District Senate Executive Committee.
White is a Nags Head businessman and a current member of the state Board of Transportation. His name will be sent to Gov. Beverly Perdue, who will appoint him to fill the vacancy.
Basnight, the longest-serving head of a legislative body in North Carolina history, announced on Jan. 4 that he would resign his seat before the new session begins because of a chronic health condition that affects his speech.