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Wilkinson / December 13, 2017
Patrick Sterling Wilkinson has been chosen to serve as the interim replacement for Bill Blalock, who has retired from the Board of Supervisors after nearly 50 years of service representing Election District 6.

Wilkinson is a lifelong county resident who lives on a farm in Union Level with his wife and two children. The 2007 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College said he always planned to return to the place where he was raised because he is proud to call Mecklenburg County his home.

Speaking to board members before his appointment Monday night, Wilkinson praised Blalock, whose retirement became official Dec. 6, and said he will follow his predecessor in keeping an eye on “how money is spent in the county.” Wilkinson said he recognizes that the county has issues and challenges, but also a wealth of resources, and is in good financial shape.

Supervisor Dan Tanner made the motion to appoint Wilkinson, and he was elected by board members without opposition. No other nominations were advanced, although both former school trustee Debra Smiley and Johnson “John” Davis sought appointment to the seat.

Wilkinson will hold the position on an interim basis until a representative is elected to serve out the unexpired term of Blalock. A special election for the seat will take place in November.

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