A North Carolina legislative vacancy has been filled by a former Democratic leader.
Milton “Toby” Fitch Jr. was selected March 23 to fill the North Carolina Senate vacancy left by Angela Bryant, who resigned March 19 to take a position on the state parole commission, The Associated Press reports.
Fitch was selected by a Rocky Mount-area Democratic Party committee. The seat opened after Bryant left to take the $117,000 parole commission job.
Fitch previously served in the legislature from 1984 to 2001, representing Edgecombe and Wilson counties.
Until last month Fitch had served as a Superior Court judge in the state, a role he held for more than 16 years.
Fitch told The Rocky Mount Telegram that in his new role he will focus on job creation, fixing infrastructure and bringing industry to his area. He also said he thinks his past experience will allow him to cross the aisle and create positive change for Eastern North Carolina.
District 4 where Fitch will be serving is made up of parts of Wilson, Warren, Vance, Nash and Halifax counties, but the district is about to change as voting maps are redrawn.