Following Sen. Ellie Kinnaird’s, D-Orange, resignation on Monday, the N.C. Democratic Party must find a replacement for one of the most liberal voices in the state legislature.
Kinnaird, who has served 17 years in the N.C. Senate, had said that she wanted a woman to take her seat. And at least a few women are already considering stepping up.
An executive committee composed of Democratic officials from Orange and Chatham counties will select an appointee, who will be confirmed by Gov. Pat McCrory. That person would serve until December. Alice Bordsen, a former representative from Alamance County who served in the N.C. House for a decade, is entering the selection process for Kinnaird’s vacated seat.
At Kinnaird’s request, Bordsen sent a letter to the committee indicating her willingness to complete her long-time friend’s term.
Bordsen decided not to run for re-election for 2013 because of her frustration with redistricting. She said she is able to take on the job.
“I have a deep involvement with Orange County and a long-time friendship with Sen. Kinnaird,” Bordsen said. “I think that because of that connection, I certainly have the ability to step into the job without any learning curve.”
Bordsen said that until the seat is filled, the constituent work will not be done.
“Her service will certainly be missed,” she said.
The N.C. Democratic Party Press Secretary Micah Beasley said the loss of a female senator would contribute to the lack of female representation the N.C. legislature.