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McComas to chair Ports Authority board

The second step in the reshuffling of management at the N.C. Ports Authority was announced Wednesday with Gov. Bev Perdue naming Rep. Danny McComas as chairman of the board of directors.

McComas, a nine-term Republican representing New Hanover County, will resign from the General Assembly effective Sunday. He had announced earlier that he would not seek re-election this year.

He replaces Carl Stewart Jr. as chairman, whose departure was announced last week. Tom Bradshaw, a former mayor of Raleigh and a secretary of the state transportation department, was named the new executive director of the Ports Authority.

McComas, president of MCO Transport Inc., was chairman of the House Select Committee on Tort Reform, and vice-chairman of the House banking and finance committees. He was born in Puerto Rico and earned a bachelor of science degree at St. Bonaventure University in New York.

Phil Marion, senior vice president at BB&T in Wilmington, in a news release sent out by the governor’s office praised Perdue’s selection of McComas. “Daniel McComas knows the ports, he knows transportation and he knows how government works,” Marion said. “The port doesn’t need to start over, it simply needs to build on what is good.”

House Speaker Thom Tillis’ office released this statement from Tillis:

“For two decades, Rep. Danny McComas has distinguished himself as an effective businessman and a tireless public servant.  His years in the North Carolina House are marked by his firm dedication to his constituents on the coast, and constant advocacy on behalf of North Carolina's ports and film industry. 

“While his leadership will be missed in the House, I am confident that in his new position as Chairman of the North Carolina State Ports Authority, Rep. McComas will use his business-like approach and knowledge of the port system to better the infrastructure needs of our state.  Danny is a dear friend and we are all grateful to have his continued service to North Carolina.”

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