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Chapman Won't Run In 2018


September 21, 2017

Transylvania County Commission Chairman Larry Chapman announced during Tuesday’s board meeting that he would not seek re-election in 2018.

Chapman will have served two terms on the all-Republican board when his current stint ends next year. The seat currently held by Commissioner Kelvin Phillips will also be on the ballot.

Chapman made his decision public during commissioner comments at the end of Tuesday’s meeting. The only reason he gave for his decision was that it was “time to move on.”

Chapman did say he supported term limits at the federal level and that it should be considered at the state and the local levels. He said he “appreciated” the support of the community and the board.

He said he would “work as hard as he can” for the rest of his current term.

Chapman said he thought it “fair” to announce his decision now since some residents may be considering running for the board.

He said he looked forward to “supporting a good conservative candidate.”

Chapman had already notified the other commissioners about his decision.

After he announced it publicly Tuesday, Hawkins said he’s served with a lot of commissioners “but none better” than Chapman, calling him a “tremendous county commissioner.”

He touted Champan’s “combination of energy and effort and intelligence.”

Also during his comments, Chapman mentioned that while in Plymouth, Mass., last week, he received a call from Gov. Roy Cooper, who was enquiring how the county was doing and if it needed any assistance

Chapman said that he “appreciated the call” and that he never got a call from former Gov. Pat McCrory. Chapman told commissioners the county should perhaps reach out to the state for help with river cleanup, which is costly.


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