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GOP recommends Black Jack woman as Webb's replacement


Lauren White


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Thursday, February 21, 2019

A Black Jack woman who works with her husband on their farm is the Pitt County Republican Party’s choice to replace Glen Webb on the Board of Commissioners.

Lauren White, 28, was selected by the local party’s executive committee to fill the District 6 seat Webb has held since 2010. He had just been re-elected to a third term when he announced he was resigning because he had accepted a job in Pinehurst. His resignation is official on Feb. 28.

GOP officials interviewed White and two others for the seat, said Gary Weaver, chairman of the Pitt County Republican Party.

“It was a difficult decision,” Weaver said. “All three were very qualified. We think she brings the youth, a willingness to learn things and a willingness to work with people.”

The Pitt County Board of Commissioners has six seats representing six districts and three super district seats, each of which represents two combined districts. District 6 includes portions of Greenville, Winterville, all of Ayden and Grifton and southeastern Pitt County including the Chicod and Swift Creek areas.

White is a lifelong resident of Pitt County who grew up in the Black Jack area. White and her husband, Jonathan, have two sons who are 8 and 5 years old and attend Chicod School.

White said that along with helping her husband with farming operations, she is a part-time administrative coordinator with Nutrien Ag Solutions, which is a retail seller of fertilizers, seed and other farming products.

“I grew up being a farmer’s daughter and now I am a farmer’s wife,” White said.

“I am invested in the success of this county. I have kids in the public school system and with my husband and I having a farming operation here it makes us potentially small business owners,” she said. ”I am 100 percent invested in the success of this county.”

White said within the last year she started thinking about running for public office. When she heard Webb was stepping down White reached out to him to learn more about what was involved in serving as a county commissioner and becoming a county commissioner. After the conversation she decided to put her name forward.

Weaver now has to formally submit White’s name to the Board of Commissioners, which makes the final decision. The board is required to select someone from the outgoing commissioner’s political party who lives in the district. While the board typically selects the individual who the political party nominates, it has the option to select another individual.

Pitt County Manager Scott Elliott said on Wednesday his office had not received notification from the Republican Party about White’s selection. He declined to say if the board will make an appointment at one of its two March meetings.

Contact Ginger Livingston at glivingston@reflector.com or 252-329-9570.