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Wed July 24, 2013

UPDATE: Rep. Susi Hamilton declines job as Town Manager of Carolina Beach

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North Carolina Representative Susi Hamilton, a Democrat from New Hanover County, is now stepping away from her recently-accepted position as Carolina Beach’s Town Manager. 

A newly-uncovered state statute means Hamilton cannot hold both her seat in the General Assembly and the full-time job as Carolina Beach Town Manager.  Hamilton says she acted on good faith accepting the position – fully expecting to serve both the municipality and District 18.  But what Hamilton calls an “obscure” state law requires her to resign from her seat in the state House if she serves as town manager in a municipality with more than 3-thousand people.

Hamilton says this new information changes her decision.   And because of the November election,  there’s a great deal more that she says she expects to do on behalf of her constituency – which is made up of parts of New Hanover and Brunswick Counties.  Battles involving women, minorities, children, the elderly, the disadvantaged, and teachers are fights that Hamilton says she will continue to fight. 

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North Carolina Representative Susi Hamilton, a Democrat from New Hanover County, has accepted a new, full-time position. 

Susi Hamilton is the new Town Manager of Carolina Beach.  But that doesn’t mean that she’s stepping away from the business of the state.

 

In a statement released last night, Hamilton says,

 

“I am absolutely thrilled to have accepted the position of Town Manager of Carolina Beach, and look forward to working diligently and effectively for its citizens.  It is important to note that the North Carolina General Assembly does not require a member to resign in order to accept a full time position, and there are no immediate plans for any change in my elected status.”

 

The two-term Democrat represents parts of New Hanover and Brunswick Counties.  She lives in Wilmington.