Settlement in Jones County will reconfigure Board of Commissioners

Early voting takes place for District 13 at the Old Courthouse in downtown Greensboro on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Early voting started for the state congressional primaries on May 26, 2016 and runs through June 4, 2016.

TRENTON — A court settlement in rural southeastern North Carolina should mean that Jones County will see their first black county commissioner in more than 20 years.

On Thursday, a federal district court approved the replacement of the at-large method currently used to elect the Jones County Board of Commissioners with a system of single-member districts. Under the terms of the settlement, the nearly coastal county will add two seats to the board after the November 2018 election — increasing the number of representatives from five to seven members. Read More …