PITTSBORO-Democrats from Chatham and Lee Counties have set a date to name a replacement to fill Deb McManus’s empty seat in the General Assembly.

The appointment committee will hold an information session for candidates and the public on January 11 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Historic Chatham County Courthouse in Pittsboro.

The formal vote to name a new representative for State House District 54 will take place at the courthouse on January 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Six candidates have already put their names in for consideration: Cedric Blade, James Steven Heymen, Jeffrey Starkweather, Robert Reives II, Kathie Russell and  Tim Weiner.

McManus was serving her first term in the legislature when she resigned last month after being arrested on felony tax charges. She’s charged with embezzlement for allegedly withholding more than $47,000 in state individual income tax while working as the bookkeeper at her husband’s medical office.

The appointment committee is still accepting applications from candidates. You can find out more about the timeline and the process here.