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Retired businessman Perry picked to join N Carolina Senate

January 29, 2019

GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A retired businessman will join the North Carolina Senate after Republican activists chose him as a successor to a veteran legislator who resigned this month.

The Goldsboro News-Argus reports that Wayne and Lenoir county GOP leaders on Monday picked Jim Perry of Kinston to serve out the rest of ex-Sen. Louis Pate’s term through the end of 2020. Pate cited health issues in stepping down Jan. 14. Pate had started his ninth legislative term in January.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is now required by state law to appoint Perry. The legislative session reconvenes Wednesday following a three-week break.

Seven Republicans initially sought to fill Pate’s vacancy.

Perry previous operated a business providing non-clinical support services to dental practices, and also worked with a chain of urgent care dental clinics.

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