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Stan White concedes state Senate race to Bill Cook

Republican Rep. Bill Cook can finally call himself senator-elect without looking over his shoulder.

After two rounds of recounts and nearly a month removed from Election Day, Democratic state Sen. Stan White, the incumbent in the 1st District, conceded his bid for re-election to Cook on Monday.

"Mr. Cook has won, and I wish him the best of luck and certainly hope he represents this huge district well," White said by phone.

Cook won by 21 votes. 87,449 ballots were cast.

Cook claims 18-vote victory in state Senate race after recount

Republican Bill Cook has claimed victory in the race to represent District 1 in the state Senate after a recount gave him an 18 vote lead over incumbent Democrat Stan White.

According to results released by the state Board of Elections, 43,733 votes were cast for Cook and 43,715 for White. The race was the closest in the state this election cycle.

"The votes have been counted and recounted," Cook said. "I have won again.  I see no point in my opponent attempting to continue this race and I call on him to concede the contest."

Cook claims victory, asks for White to concede without recount

Republican Bill Cook is claiming victory over Democrat Stan White in the race to represenate state Senate District 1.

White had a narrow lead after unofficial results were released on Election Day, but after county election boards counted provisional ballots on Friday, Cook edged ahead by 32 votes.

That's enough for Cook to take a victory lap and call for an end to the race.

"The voters have spoken, and every vote has been counted," Cook said. "I call on my opponent to concede the race and save the cash-strapped counties the expense of a cumbersome recount. It serves no purpose to keep the voters in limbo about their new representation in the Senate."

White is well within the margin required for a candidate to request a recount, and he may do so yet.

Perdue names new DOT board members

Gov. Bev Perdue appointed five men to the N.C. Board of Transportation on Monday. Four have ties to the real estate and development industry.

The new appointees are Sam Halsey, David Burns, Gary Ciccone and Ronnie Wall, Current board member Stan White was reappointed. The DOT board consists of 19 members, each serving a four-year term.

Halsey, who lives in Jefferson, is a realtor and former chairman of the Allegheny County School Board, according to a media release from Perdue's office.

Burns, of Laurinburg, is chief executive officer at Z.V. Pate, Inc. and president at Burns Farms, Inc.

Ciccone, of Fayetteville, is a develoiper and partner in a commercial real estate brokerage firm.

Wall is the mayor of Burlington and an assistant superintendent for the Alamance-Burlington School System.

White, of Nags Head, is the owner of a construction and realty firm and the past chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners.

Not all Perdue's BOT picks big givers

Campaign finance records reveal varied political pedigrees for Gov. Beverly Perdue’s newest picks for the state Board of Transportation.

Perdue is reappointing one board member who was a major contributor in her run for governor, Bruce Siceloff and David Raynor report. She is naming four new members including one who supported her Democratic primary rival and never contributed to Perdue’s campaign.

J. Gary Ciccone of Fayetteville, to succeed Mac Campbell in Division 6. Ciccone, a commercial real estate developer, chairs a bank board and has been a political contributor to two of its members: Sen. Tony Rand of Fayetteville, the Senate majority leader ($1,000 in 2008), and former Sen. Oscar Harris, who was Perdue’s campaign treasurer ($500 in 2004).

Ciccone gave heavily to former Gov. Mike Easley and then backed Perdue’s Democratic primary rival, Richard Moore, before giving Perdue’s campaign $1,000 in late 2007.

David L. Burns of Laurinburg, an agribusiness executive, to succeed G.R. Kindley in Division 8. Burns supported Easley and gave Moore’s campaign $1,000 in 2007, but records show no contributions to Perdue.

Burlington Mayor Ronnie K. Wall, assistant superintendent for Burlington-Alamance schools, to succeed Tony Dennis of Norwood as at-large board member for government-related finance and accounting. Wall gave Perdue’s campaign $1,000.

Sam Halsey of Jefferson, to succeed Arnold Lakey in Division 11: Halsey, a Christmas tree farmer and retired auto dealer, was a major Easley backer. He gave Perdue $200 in 2000, when she ran for lieutenant governor, and $500 in March.

Stan White of Nag’s Head, reappointed to Division 1: White is a builder and Realtor, and his wife gave Perdue $6,000 in 2007 and 2008.

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