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McComas to leave House seat, take over Ports Authority

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Longtime state Rep. Danny McComas will leave his seat earlier than expected to take over the North Carolina State Ports Authority.

Gov. Bev Perdue today announced in a news release that McComas, a Republican from New Hanover County, will resign his House seat Sunday to become chairman of the Ports Authority.

“The ports are a critical component to the economy of North Carolina,” Gov. Perdue said in a statement. “Rep. McComas’s appointment demonstrates my commitment to the continued success and growth of the North Carolina State Ports Authority. I want the best person in the job, no matter what side of the aisle he or she sits on.”

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to continue working to strengthen our state’s economy,” McComas said in a statement. “The state ports service a vital economic need for all who choose to do business in North Carolina and it is imperative that we keep our state economically competitive. As chairman, I can continue my work in helping our state meet the demands of a global economy while improving the infrastructure needs of our state’s transportation systems.”

Rep. McComas was first elected in 1994 and has served for 18 years. He announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election. McComas currently serves as chairman of the Commerce Committee.

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