[7/10/9 correction and update:
[This blog post and today's story (see story with reader comments) gave the wrong total for campaign contributions received since 2006 by Gov. Perdue from Ralph H. Womble of Winston-Salem, one of Perdue's picks for the state Board of Transportation. Womble's contributions to Perdue totaled $7,842.23.]
Gov. Bev Perdue has picked six new members for the state Board of Transportation. All but one of them, Durham lawyer Chuck Watts, gave money to Perdue's campaign last year.
The legislature’s Joint Transportation Oversight Committee received the names earlier this month, and the new members are expected to take their seats at the Aug. 6 meeting:
Charles D. “Chuck” Watts Jr., a Durham attorney, to succeed Ken Spaulding of Durham, who stepped down in February as the board representative for Division 5 (Wake, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren counties). State records show no political contributions from Watts to Perdue.
Hugh Overholt, a New Bern attorney and retired general, to succeed Greenville lawyer Marvin Blount III in Division 2 (Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Grene, Jones, Lenoir, Pamlico and Pitt counties). Overholt has given $12,500 to Perdue campaigns since 1998.
Ralph H. Womble, a Winston-Salem investor, in Division 9 (Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Rowan and Stokes counties). Womble has given
$10,805 $7,842.23 to Perdue campaigns since 2006.
John Collett, a Charlotte developer, in Division 10 (Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly and Union counties). Collett has given $6,000 to Perdue campaigns since 2007.
Wanda J. Proffitt, a Burnsville real estate executive, to succeed Alan Thornburg in Division 13 (Buncombe, Burke, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Rutherford and Yancey counties). Proffitt and her husband have given $6,266 to Perdue campaigns since 2004.
Leigh Harvey McNairy of Kinston to succeed Cameron McRae as at-large board member for ports and aviation. McNairy has given $8,000 to Perdue campaigns since 2005.
The six will join 11 other board members. Perdue has scaled back the board's powers, removing board members from decisions on individual transportation projects.