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Board of Elections set to discuss Executive Director appointment; Kim Strach’s future in question

Kim Strach

Next week could signal the end of State Board of Elections Executive Kim Strach’s time at the agency.

She has been at the helm of the State Board for nearly six years to the day but has worked there for two decades. She was appointed to the top job by former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. Her predecessor, Democrat Gary Bartlett, served in the role for 20 years.

The State Board released an agenda Friday for a Monday meeting in which members plan to discuss the executive director’s appointment. WRAL reported shortly after that Democrats planned to oust Strach. Board members Friday could not be reached by NC Policy Watch to confirm.

Strach’s served in an interim capacity for some time, since the State Board was restructured so many times during a power struggle between Republican legislative leaders and current Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

The newest version of the law structuring the State Board dictates that new members shall appoint an executive director for a two-year term. That person is responsible for staffing, administration and other execution of the State Board’s decisions and orders, among other things.

New members — three Democrats and two Republicans appointed by Cooper with input from the two main political parties — took over in January.

In February, they were focused on an evidentiary hearing that unveiled “coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced” absentee ballot fraud in the 9th congressional district, where a new Republican primary is currently being held. Strach — who is married to Phil Strach, who represents Republican lawmakers in gerrymandering cases — presented the State Board’s evidence about the fraud during the hearing.

The State Board is set to discuss the new appointment at 11:30 a.m. Monday in a telephonic meeting. Members of the public can listen in by calling 562-247-8321 and entering code: 241-966-323. Public meeting materials will post on a rolling basis to the online meeting portal.

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