RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Gov. Pat McCrory has appointed new members to the five seats on the State Board of Elections. Three of the appointees are Republicans and two are Democrats.
The action reverses the political composition of the board which, for years, had been controlled by Democrats under a Democratic governor.
The appointments are effective May 1.
The three Republican members are:
Josh Howard (Wake County) - Howard is a founding member of the law firm Gammon, Howard & Zeszotarski, PLLC. Howard has served as Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer for RTI International, as well as Deputy Criminal Chief for Economic Crime for the U.S. Attorney's Office. Howard also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Paul J. Foley (Forsyth County) - Foley is currently an Associate for the law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP. He has served as an Associate for several other firms, including Wall Esleeck Babcock LLP, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and Seward & Kissel LLP.
Rhonda K. Amoroso (New Hanover County) - Amoroso recently served as Chair of the New Hanover County Republican Party. Prior to her time as Chair, Amoroso served as Vice Chair of the executive committee in charge of election operations. Amoroso was an Associate at several New York law firms before being appointed to the New York State Freshwater Wetlands Appeals Board.
The two Democratic members are:
Joshua D. Malcolm (Robeson County) - Malcolm is the current Chair of the Robeson County Board of Elections. Malcolm has served on the board for the past six years. He also served as the General Counsel for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Prior to his time at Pembroke, Malcolm served as Assistant General Counsel at Fayetteville State University.
Maja Kricker (Chatham County) - Kricker serves as Chair of the Chatham County Board of Elections. She has served on the board for six years. Kricker was also the owner of GeneLights Productions, a molecular media company, and previously worked as a computational biologist for Paradigm Genetics.