Chatham, Lee seek candidates for House District 54 seat

From staff reportsJanuary 2, 2014 

Deb McManus

— An N.C. House committee has set a January date for replacing former Rep. Deborah McManus in Chatham County and is looking for candidates.

Any interested candidates must be a resident of the 54th House District – in Chatham and northern Lee counties – and a registered Democrat. A public meeting with the candidates will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 11 at the Historic Chatham County Courthouse, 12 East St., Pittsboro.

The N.C. House District 54 Democratic Party Executive Committee will choose McManus’ replacement in a Jan. 24 meeting at the courthouse. That meeting will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Gov. Pat McCrory will formally make the appointment.

Both meetings are open to the public.

McManus, a 56-year-old, first-term representative from Siler City, resigned her seat Dec. 11 after being arrested on felony tax charges. She is facing three counts of embezzlement related to more than $47,000 in state individual income tax withheld between January 2011 and July 2013 at her husband’s medical office, Carolina Family Practice in Siler City.

To apply for her seat, send a resume and any supporting material via email to Information also can be submitted to the Chatham or Lee County Democratic Party chairmen via their contact information at or

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