Almost immediately after Ellie Kinnaird announced her resignation from the N.C. Senate seat she held for 17 years, four politicians have announced their intent to fill it.
“This situation has gotten out of hand,” Kinnaird said Wednesday. “I cannot tell you how different it is from what it was supposed to be — it was supposed to be just someone filling in for my uncompleted term.”
Kinnaird, D-Orange, asked Alice Bordsen, a former member of the N.C. House of Representatives who represented Alamance County, to replace her. But Rep. Valerie Foushee, D-Orange, and Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton both announced Wednesday they would pursue her seat as well. Community activist Amy Tiemann is also contending for the seat, according to an Orange County Democratic Party official.
Kinnaird’s replacement, who will serve in the short session in May, will be chosen by an executive committee made up of Democratic officials from Orange and Chatham counties. “I really thought it would be followed as a process,” Bordsen said, adding that she has submitted her letter of intent but has not issued a public statement. “What we’ve seen today is the launching of a campaign — and the only voters are the four members of the committee.”
Kinnaird said she is not endorsing anyone, but she recommended Bordsen, whom she’s worked with in the past, when she stepped down.