Commissioners sworn in, Fred Foster elected chair

DURHAM – Minutes after taking office, County Commissioners in a surprise decision elected new member and first-time officeholder Fred Foster to serve as their chair.

The decision came on a 3-2 vote that saw Foster join with holdover members Brenda Howerton and Michael Page. The same three also voted to make Howerton, who’s starting her second term, the board’s vice chairwoman.

Afterward, Foster acknowledged the support he received from fellow Democrats Howerton and Page was a surprise given that they’d favored unaffiliated petition candidate Omar Beasley during the fall campaign.

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