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County Commissioner Ted Davis Sworn In As Legislator

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NEW HANOVER CTY - Long-serving New Hanover County Commissioner Ted Davis, Jr., was recently appointed to the North Carolina House by outgoing Governor Bev Perdue. He fills the remaining three months of a seat left vacant by Rep. Danny McComas who was recently appointed by Perdue to be the next chairman of the State Ports Authority.
Republican legislator McComas was not seeking reelection following 18 years serving in Raleigh.
Davis was successful in his May Republican Primary bid seeking election to the House District 19 seat for a two-year term.
He will face Democrat challenger and Kure Beach Council member Emilie Swearingen in November.
At the October 1, County Commissioners meeting Commissioner Jonathan Barfield explained, "We are here to honor an outstanding gentleman who has served this county faithfully for over 16 years as a county commissioner as well as a former assistant county attorney. A man that I've grown to know as a friend. A man who when he
gives you his word, his word is indeed his bond." Barfield said Davis was a mentor and a friend.
Davis spoke to the Board and thanked the voters who first elected him in 1996 and again in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
He thanked his family and the many people he worked with serving the public over those 16 years on the commission.
Davis said, "When asked what I learned being a county commissioner, two things. The first thing I learned is that you cannot make everybody happy. The sooner you learn that, the sooner you are going to have a lot easier time with your job because no matter what you do, no matter how you vote, no what action you may take, you are going to make somebody angry, somebody mad. So I ask that you and all future commissioners do what
I've tried to do all of these years and that is simply to listen to all sides of a particular issue. Don't stick your finger in the air to see what direction the political wind is blowing. Do what you truly feel in your heart is what is best and the right thing to do for those who live in this county."
He explained, "The second thing I learned is the importance of that third vote on a five member board. Because quite frankly if you
don't have three bullets in that gun she's just not going to fire. No one person can do it all. It takes at least three votes on this commission to get something done. So please, put politics aside, continue to cooperate with each other and work together for the good of New Hanover County."
Davis said he was most proud of the Board's commitment to education.
He said, "When I started as a commissioner in 1996, social services was the number one funding priority in this county. Not education. Shortly after that the commissioners, working together, made education the number one funding priority and it has remained
the number one priority since then. I am most proud of having been apart of that" to give children the best education possible to be productive members of the community.
Davis said he looks forward to serving in the legislature and, "I look forward to continuing to work with you the Board of County Commissioners" the Board
of Education, City of Wilmington and three beach Towns on issues important to the County.
The Board presented Davis with a clock including a message of thanks for his years of service.
Following Davis' address Commissioner Jason Thompson nominated Jonathan Barfield as Chairman of the Board.
The Board voted to appoint Barfield as Chairman. Commissioners Jason Thompson, Barfield and Brian Berger voted in favor. Commissioner Rick Catlin voted "nay."
Barfield nominated Thompson as vice chairman. Catlin seconded that nomination and the board voted unanimously.