Council of State meets for last time with Gov. McCrory in attendance

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The current North Carolina Council of State came together for the last time Tuesday.

McCrory in attendance at his last Council of State meeting (Amy Cutler/CBS North Carolina)
McCrory in attendance at his last Council of State meeting (Amy Cutler/CBS North Carolina)

Members are those who have been elected to statewide office. Gov. Pat McCrory was at the meeting in person, just one day after conceding in the governor’s race to Attorney General Roy Cooper.

McCrory is one of several members who were in attendance that won’t be returning next year. Among the changes – the insurance commissioner and superintendent of public education.

The focus for most of the meeting was on blighted buildings that need to be re-developed.

One such area is Bicentennial Mall in downtown Raleigh.

“I hope a future administration can transform that mall and not make it a mall where its just empty at five o’clock,” McCrory said. “And the only people coming after five are on Monday to protest me and other people. It can do better than that.”

McCrory didn’t stay to take any questions.

The race for the state auditor position is still too close to call. Democratic incumbent Beth Wood has around a 6,000-vote lead over Republican challenger Chuck Stuber. Wood participated in the meeting by phone.

The North Carolina Republican Party announced Tuesday morning that they have formally requested a statewide recount in the auditor’s race.

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