Republican Gov. Pat McCrory named 10 men to the state Board of Transportation on Monday, including several developers and a former state Republican Party chairman.
4/3/13 update: This list has been updated, below, with additional biographical information. Some of the campaign finance info here is now outdated. The newest campaign contribution totals are reflected in this 4/3/13 blog post.
Most of the new appointees are Republicans. All of them except Michael C. Smith of Raleigh contributed to McCrory's 2012 campaign -- a total of $32,544 from nine of the appointees and, in a few cases, their wives. (4/3/13 update: See new info for Smith.)
State law requires the Republican governor to have a board that includes at least three Democrats. State election records show that new appointee Dwight D. Stone of Greensboro is a Democrat.
3/13/03 update: These numbers are changed by the withdrawal of Dwight Stone and his replacement by Cheryl McQueary, a Republican, in Division 7.
So let's make this list: nine men, one woman, none of them Democrats.
The board has 19 members. It wasn't clear whether McCrory intends to replace any or all of the nine members (six Democrats and three Republicans) whose replacements were not named Monday. A spokesman said only that these appointments were the only ones being announced now:
Division 1 (northeast): Malcolm K. Fearing III of Manteo, president of Outer Banks Insurance Agency, replaces Matt Wood. Registered as a politically unaffiliated voter, married to a Democrat. Gave the 2012 McCrory campaign $1,000, according to campaign finance records.
Division 3 (southeast): Michael V. Lee of Wilmington, a lawyer at Lee Law Firm PLLC, replaces Mike Alford. Republican. He and his wife gave McCrory $829.
Division 5 (Wake, Durham and five more Triangle-area counties): Michael C. Smith of Raleigh, president of Kane Realty Corp., developer of North Hills, replaces Chuck Watts. Republican. No McCrory contributions in the 2012 campaign.
Division 7 (Orange, Guilford and other Triad-area counties): (3/3/13 update: Cheryl McQueary of Greensboro, a former U.S. Department of Transportation official in the administration of former President George W. Bush, replaces Mike Fox. McCrory's initial candidate, homebuilder Dwight Stone of Greensboro, a Democrat, withdrew. McQueary is a Republican, married to Chuck McQueary, retired president of a General Dynamics subsidiary.)
Division 9 (Forsyth and other Triad and central Piedmont counties): Jake F. Alexander III of Salisbury, sales director of Genan Inc., replaces Ralph Womble. Republican. Gave McCrory $750.
Division 11 (northwest): James R. Palermo of Boone, executive in residence at Johnson & Wales University, former Bank of America executive vice president, replaces Sam Halsey. Republican. Gave McCrory $1,000.
Division 13 (west): David L. Brown of Asheville, owner of D.L.B. Properties, replaces Wanda Proffitt. Republican. Gave McCrory $1,750.
At Large (environment): Ferrell L. Blount III of Bethel, a farmer and president of Blount Companies, and former state Republican Party chairman, replaces Nina Slozberg-Landis, resides in Division 2. Registered to vote in Atlantic Beach. Republican. He and his wife gave McCrory $9,215.
At Large (ports and aviation): John D. Lennon of Wilmington, managing partner of Oceancrest Advisory Services LLC, replaces Leigh McNairy, resides in Division 3. Republican. Gave McCrory $8,000.
At Large (government and finance): Edward L. "Ned" Curran of Charlotte, president and CEO of The Bissell Companies, replaces Ronnie Wall, resides in Division 10. Republican. Gave McCrory $8,000.
These board members have not been replaced: Republicans Hugh Overholt (Division 2), Gus Tulloss (Division 4) and John Collett (Divison 10), and Democrats Tripp Sloane (At Large - rural transportation, Division 3), Ed Grannis (Division 6), David Burns (Division 8), Andy Perkins (At Large - mass transit, Division 9), Bob Collier (Division 12) and Larry Kernea (Division 14).