Stan Norwalk may not be the only Wake County commissioner who gives up his seat early.
Under The Dome reported yesterday that Tony Gurley had announced he had filed organizational papers to run for lieutenant governor in 2012. Gurley's term on the board of commissioners doesn't end until 2014 so he could keep the seat while running for statewide office.
If Gurley wins, the leadership of the Wake County Republican Party would be able to nominate a successor that the commissioners would have to accept. That person would hold the seat through 2014.
A similar scenario could play out this year after Norwalk sells his home and moves to Kansas. In that case, the GOP majority on the board of commissioners would have to accept the person picked by the Wake County Democratic Party.
Gurley and Norwalk have frequently clashed over issues, particularly on funding and the old school diversity policy.