Robert Cordle, a Democrat who is the new elections board chairman, declined to comment to the N&O until after the meeting Monday. David Black, a Republican board member, said he wouldn’t reveal who he thinks will replace Strach, but that he understands the majority on the board does want her gone.
“Kim Strach will be replaced,” he said. “I can’t comment on who that person may be right now.”
Gannon said Strach is not available for an interview.
Strach has spent 20 years at the board of elections, rising through the ranks from investigator to executive director, when she was appointed to the top job in 2013 during Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s tenure.
Democrats haven’t always been Strach’s biggest fans.
The News & Observer has reported that Strach investigated at least three top Democratic politicians who were convicted of crimes — former Gov. Mike Easley, former Speaker of the House Jim Black and former Agriculture Commissioner Meg Scott Phipps. And Strach’s husband, Phil Strach, is one of the main lawyers that Republicans in the General Assembly have hired to defend them on lawsuits related to election law issues such as gerrymandering and voter ID. (Read more)