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Republican should be appointed to fill out Burton's commission term

  • Published in Letters

To The Daily sun,

The Grafton County Delegation, which is currently controlled by Democrats, will soon vote on selecting someone to serve out the remainder of Ray Burton's term as a Grafton County Commissioner.

Ray Burton was elected as a Republican and died in office while carrying that party designation. It seems to me that the right thing would be to allow a Republican to complete his unexpired term.

Furthermore, it seems that members of the delegation, who do not represent constituents in Ray Burton's old district, should recuse themselves from choosing his replacement. After all, they already have a county commissioner representing their districts.

If the accolades that many of the Democrats in the delegation have lavished on Ray Burton are anything but lip service, they will honor him by choosing a member of his own party to complete his unexpired term.

Russell T. Cumbee