RALEIGH — Gov. Pat McCrory has chosen James L. Baker Jr., a former judge from Madison County, to fill the spot on the N.C. Board of Elections left open when Paul Foley resigned. Baker was a N.C. Superior Court judge in Marshall. The other nominees for the slot were Davie County Commissioner Dan Barrett and David Williams, deputy counsel for the N.C. Republican Party.
Baker served as Superior Court Judge in the 24th Judicial District from 1994 through 2010. In 2012 he was elected to the Madison County Commission. He has also served as an assistant district attorney and as the acting Madison County Manager and was appointed to serve as vice chairman of the North Carolina Innocence Commission.
“James Baker knows the law and will be fair and honest for all parties who come before the Board of Elections,” said Seth Banks, District Attorney of the 24th proscutorial district which includes Madison County. “He’s also no stranger to elective politics.”
Baker received his bachelor’s degree from Mars Hill College and his law degree from Mercer University. The nominees were submitted to the governor by the N.C. GOP.