Former North Carolina Gov. Holshouser seeking panel seat

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (AP) -- Former North Carolina Gov. James Holshouser Jr. is seeking a seat on Southern Pines' long-term decision making panel.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Tuesday that Holshouser wants to be one of 20 people picked to help set goals and policies about land use, transportation and public services, among other issues.

But three of the four town council members said they don't want any elected officials on the panel. Councilman Chris Smithson said some residents think politicians will already have their minds made up.

Holshouser served as governor in the 1970s and lives in Southern Pines. He's supported by five former mayors, some seeking a committee seat.

Town Manager Reagan Parsons said the council hasn't taken a formal vote. More than 100 people were nominated.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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