The N.C. State Board of Elections appointed Derek Bowens, the candidate nominated by the county, to serve as the next New Hanover County elections director on March 5.
Bowens, who previously served as elections supervisor, has headed the office since January, when the county board announced intent to pursue termination of previous director Marvin McFadyen and asked McFadyen to leave the office. The county board voted 2-1 during a Feb. 10 meeting to nominate Bowens as the next director, after McFadyen was terminated by the state on Feb. 4. Board member Tannis Nelson, who said Bowens does not have enough experience to fill the position, opposed the nomination.
Strach, who said she believes Bowens’ “prior experience in New Hanover will serve him well as director,” said it is critical that the director enjoy the full support of the board he serves.
Bowens said he looks forward to working hard, in partnership with the board, as director.
“I just plan to do a great job and give it everything I’ve got,” Bowens said. “. . . All I know is I’ll work as hard I can to make sure it’s honest, fair and accurate elections administration in New Hanover County.”