Governor Cooper Names New State Board of Elections Chair, Appoints Member to Vacant Position

RALEIGH —Today, Governor Roy Cooper named Joshua Malcolm Chair of the North Carolina State Board of Elections and appointed former board member Robert Cordle to the board’s vacant position.

“North Carolinians deserve to have confidence in our democratic process and as Chair, Joshua Malcom’s leadership and experience will help ensure fair and honest elections. Robert Cordle has a proven record of service on the State Board of Elections, putting aside party affiliation to hold elected leaders accountable. I appreciate their service to our state,” said Governor Cooper.

Malcolm serves as Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of the Board of Trustees at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He holds more than 14 years of legal experience and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Governor Cooper selected Robert Cordle from a list of nominees provided by the North Carolina Democratic Party. Cordle was nominated along with Wake County Elections Board Vice Chair Greg Flynn.

Cordle previously served on the State Board of Elections until 2013 and practiced law in Charlotte from 1968 to 2018, before retiring from Mayer Brown LLP in 2005.

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