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Durham Resident Seeks House Dist. 50 Seat

By Ran Northam Posted September 19, 2013 at 4:01 pm

DURHAM COUNTY – Attorney Drew Nelson is the fourth person—the first from Durham County—to announce his intention to seek the State House District 50 seat replacing Representative Valerie Foushee.

***Correction: Nelson is a resident of Chapel Hill in Orange County.

Nelson made the announcement in a press release Wednesday evening which also announced his website. He is the first in the Senate and House appointment processes to create a website for the purpose of getting his name out.

The process of appointment will depend on the votes of four people—two from Orange County and two from Durham County—with Orange carrying the weighted majority.

Nelson is a native of Eastern North Carolina, a graduate of UNC’s law school, and received his Masters from Duke’s Terry Sanford School of Public Policy. After completing his education, Drew and his wife, Jennifer moved to Durham County.

Nelson served as in-house council at N.C.State and is now a partner at Willis and Nelson, PLLC in Raleigh serving people in the appellate court.

Nelson did some work on former Representative Joe Hackney’s staff working with students to become involved in environmental issues on a presidential campaign.

On his website, he says his “background in advocacy and policy gives him the tools to be a strong voice for Orange and Durham counties, as well as for families across North Carolina.”

Those interested in the House 50 seat are intending to replace Rep. Foushee who was chosen to fill the Senate District 23 seat, formerly held by Ellie Kinnaird.

Next week, Rep. Foushee will reportedly resign from the House; she will then be sworn into the Senate. The selection committee needs to be filled as it is now one person short. Chapel Hill’s Graig Meyer resigned his seat on the committee to seek the appointment. Once the committee is filled, a date will be set to choose who will take the seat in the House.

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