Wake County Commissioner Jessica Holmes rescinds resignation

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A member of the Wake County Board of Commissioners who abruptly stepped down Monday has rescinded her resignation.

Jessica Holmes, represents district three and was first elected in 2014, resigned during Monday’s meeting.  Her term was set to expire in 2018.

She did not offer a reason Monday for her resignation, but it comes as several other members were sworn in.

But Tuesday, Holmes rescinded her resignation citing the “overwhelming voice of my constituents” to lead the affordable housing committee.

She released a statement that read:

Yesterday, I shared my plan to resign my position from the Wake County Board of Commissioners. Serving the people of Wake County has been a privilege for which I am incredibly thankful. A job opportunity had presented itself to me and I had decided to pursue it. With the long awaited vote for the creation of Wake County’s first ever affordable housing committee, I felt proud for breathing life into an issue that has impacted me and my family and many others across our county and State. With this issue on track, I felt that I could step aside.

The overwhelming voice of my constituents has been for me to lead this work as chair of the affordable housing committee and continue pounding the pavement. This immense response from the community has encouraged me to reconsider this decision. Based on this calling, I am abandoning my original decision to resign and will stay to complete my term as a commissioner serving the community that I love. My apologies to those who were confused or upset by this decision.

Greg Ford from district six is the newest member. He spent several years as a teacher and principal in Wake County Schools.

Erv Portman,  sworn in for district four, is back on the board after serving from 2011 to 2012.

He also served on Cary Town Council.

James West from district five was also sworn in after being re-elected.

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