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Michael Lee nominated as potential replacement for Goolsby

"I want to be the next state Senator from New Hanover County, that's why I am running [for the office]," Lee said. (Source: LeeLawFirm.com) "I want to be the next state Senator from New Hanover County, that's why I am running [for the office]," Lee said. (Source: LeeLawFirm.com)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

The New Hanover County Republican Executive Committee unanimously voted Tuesday night to nominate Michael Lee to Governor McCrory. If approved, Lee will serve out the remainder of former State Senator Thom Goolsby's term.

He was the only nominee and according to North Carolina Republican Chairman Claude Pope, it took less than 45 seconds to appoint Lee as the nominee.

Lee had previously announced he was going to run against Democrat Elizabeth Redenbaugh in November, after Goolsby said he was stepping down as the District 9 State Senator earlier this month.

Lee was contacted about Goolsby's decision while driving to meet his family out of town. Lee said he had just heard the news, and responded with a comment regarding the process of finding a replacement.

"I want to be the next state Senator from New Hanover County, that's why I am running [for the office]," Lee said. "I will participate in the process, whatever that entails."

Redenbaugh, Lee's Democratic opponent in November's General Election, released this statement after the announcement that Lee would serve out Goolsby's term:

"This is nothing more than a typical political stunt. Michael Lee is the handpicked candidate of Thom Goolsby and the Raleigh political elite – the very group whose misguided priorities we need to change.  My opponent ‘commended' the former seat holder on his work here in New Hanover County and the current legislature on their ‘great accomplishments', despite Mr. Goolsby's blatant disrespect of his constituents and despite the detrimental policies being pumped out of Raleigh."

Lee said the move could negatively effect his campaign because he will be spending less time campaigning. He will also no longer be allowed to accept funds from Political Action Committees based on North Carolina Election law.

However, he said representing the voters in the Senate, will be the best move for the citizens of New Hanover County.

Lee said he will resign from his positions on the Department of Transportation Board and State Ports Authority Board.

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