Duplin County native new state elections director

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's Democratic-led elections board will have a new chief administrator.

On a party-line 3-2 vote Monday, the State Board of Elections chose Karen Brinson Bell as the next executive director starting June 1.

The 44-year-old Bell was born and raised in Kenansville.

The action means Kim Strach will be out of the job she's held since 2013. Strach recently led the investigation into absentee ballot fraud in the 9th Congressional District, which prompted a new election.

Strach was the board's choice when Republicans held a 3-2 majority. She kept the post as GOP legislators and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper fought in court the past two years about the board's composition.

Bell previously worked at the state board and was a county elections director. Recently she's worked for a nonprofit election administration group led by Strach predecessor Gary Bartlett.

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North Carolina's Democratic-controlled state elections board could soon have a new chief administrator.

The five-member board scheduled a Monday conference call in which the executive director's appointment is the lone action item. Kim Strach has been at that position since 2013 and recently led the investigation into absentee ballot fraud in the 9th Congressional District.

Strach was the choice of the board when Republicans held a 3-2 majority. She kept the post as GOP legislators and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper fought in court over the past two years about the board's composition.

Strach joined the board staff in 2000. She worked on campaign finance probes that led to action against Democratic House Speaker Jim Black and Gov. Mike Easley, as well as Republican state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell.

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