RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education announced Tuesday that he would be stepping down.
State Board of Elections Chairman Josh Howard said Tuesday he’ll step down for health reasons effective New Year’s Day.
“We were bipartisan 99 percent of the time, and that sets a tone not just for our staff and the folks watching here in Raleigh, but across the state,” said Howard. “I regret that I need to step aside now, but I am thrilled and proud of what we have done here.”
Howard is a Raleigh lawyer appointed to a four-year term in 2013. He previously worked on white-collar criminal cases at the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C., and North Carolina. He worked for the independent counsel’s office in Washington in 2000 as it was closing its Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky investigations involving President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton.
Since Howard is stepping down, Gov. Pat McCrory will select a replacement board member from a list of three nominees submitted by the North Carolina Republican Party’s chairman. The replacement will serve out the rest of Howard’s term, which ends in May 2017.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.