In a Thursday Facebook post, the Person County Republican Party announced that it will put forward the name of Derrick Sims to fill the vacant county commissioner’s seat left by the resignation of David Newell.
Sims was the unanimous selection of the Person County Republican Party executive committee, according to party chair Chris Weaver.
Sims ran for county commissioner in 2016, but finished third in the Republican primary – behind Commissioner Kyle Puryear and Newell. He has filed to run for county commissioner again in 2020 and will appear on the ballot in November for his own four-year term.
Weaver said Sims' presence on the November ballot was the primary rationale for his nomination.
Along with the announcement, the party added a list of 16 boards and committees Sims has served on, including the Roxboro Area Chamber of Commerce board, Kerr-Tar Workforce Development board, Person County Economic Development Commission and Person County Buisiness and Industrial Center boards.
Weaver said a discussion was held with the Republicans running for commissioner in November – Charlie Palmer, Gordon Powell and Sims – and all were enthusiastic about Sims being selected to fill the open seat.
Republican Party executive board member P.J. Gentry said it would be a good thing to slot Sims in as he was the third Republican in the previous race.
Gentry said Sims’ is a well-known member of the community and his conservative mindset will be beneficial to the board of commissioners going forward.
“He was the logical choice,” Gentry said.
Weaver also noted Sims’ conservative mindset.
“He will go at everything with a conservative point-of-view,” he said. “Once you’ve got that, there’s nothing to worry about as far as Republicans are concerned.”
If elected in November, Sims will begin his own four-year term. Both the county Republican and Democratic parties would then be asked to put forward a candidate to be voted on in the November election to serve on the Board of Commissioners for the final two years of Newell’s term.