Submitted by correspondent Virginia Bridges
County Commissioner Joe Bowser resigned his seat today after losing a bid for re-election.
Bowser (right) finished seventh in the 14-person race for five seats on the county board.
"Effective today May 9, 2012, I will resign my seat on the Durham County Board of Commissioners. There are some big decisions this board will be making soon, and I feel it would be better for a member who will continue beyond this year to assist in making those decisions," Bowser wrote in an email to County Manager Mike Ruffin and his fellow commissioners.
"I have enjoyed my tenure on the board and wish my fellow board members the best!" Bowser said.
"Commissioner Bowser has provided significant years of service to Durham County Government and we are grateful for his work," said Board Chairman Michael Page in a county statement announcing Bowser's resignation.
"He has been engaged in numerous boards and commissions and has worked diligently to improve the quality of life for the citizens in this community," Page said. "We wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Bowser was first elected to the board in 1996 and held the office until losing a re-election campaign in 2004. He won back his seat in 2008.
He is the second county commissioner to leave the board in less than a year. Last July, Commissioner Becky Heron resigned for reasons of health.
The four remaining commissioners will discuss replacing Bowser at their regular meeting Monday night.
The top five vote-getters in Tuesday’s primary were incumbents Page, Ellen Reckhow and Brenda Howerton, along with Durham NAACP branch President Fred Foster Jr. and environmental consultant Wendy Jacobs.
Bowser finished with 17,098 votes, 268 behind sixth-place contender Will Wilson, a Duke University biologist, according to unofficial results.