Monday, 23 November 2020 15:03

Moss resigns from Richmond County Board of Commissioners

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ROCKINGHAM — Paraphrasing the 26th president of the United States, Ben Moss on Monday resigned from the Richmond County Board of Commissioners.

“Teddy Roosevelt once said that it is a pleasure to work hard at work worth doing,” Moss said in a letter addressed to board Chairman Kenneth Robinette. “Work worth doing is a fitting way to describe my ten years of service as a Richmond County Commissioner. 

“I am immensely proud of the progress that the Board has made during my time of service, but I have concluded that it is best that I resign, effective immediately, so that a replacement can be named and approved in order to begin their term of office along with the newly elected members.”

Moss, a Republican, was recently elected to N.C. House District 66 in a 11,214 to 8,819 victory over Democrat Scott Brewer. Brewer was appointed to the seat by Gov. Roy Cooper in May of 2019 to fill the vacancy left by Ken Goodman, who was appointed to the N.C. Industrial Commission.

Before Goodman, the seat was held for a combined seven terms by current state Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin— who recently lost another bid for state insurance commissioner — and his late wife, Melanie Goodwin, who passed away in September.

Although district lines and numbers have changed over the years, Goodman previously told the RO that the seat has been held by a Richmond County democrat as far back as he can remember.

Although the seat is still being held by a Richmond County resident, Moss is the first Republican elected to it in a while.

He was also the first Republican elected to the Board of Commissioners in more than a century.

Moss, a locomotive engineer and union representative for CSX Railroad, ran two unsuccessful campaigns for commissioner in 2006 and 2008 and finally won a seat with less than 1 percent of the vote as the lowest vote-getter in 2010.

In the 2018 election, Moss received the most votes out of the six candidates in that race.

But as he leaves, at least two more Republicans — and presumably a third — were recently elected.

Jeff Smart and Toni Maples were the top three vote-getters in the election earlier this month. Andy Grooms had the third-highest number of votes, but Michael Legrand asked for a recount. As of this writing, the Richmond County Board of Elections was in the midst of the recount.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Richmond County, and I look  forward to serving the residents of North Carolina House District 66 in January,” Moss concluded in his resignation letter. “I know  that I am leaving the Board in capable hands, and I am excited to see what great things  they will accomplish in the future.”

A replacement for Moss’ spot on the board has yet to be chosen.









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