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Carver to retire from county board seat

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SMITHFIELD — Longtime Johnston County Commissioner Jeff Carver said last week he won’t seek re-election to his District 1 seat in 2020.

Carver, who made the announcement on Oct. 30, has served on the board for more than 16 years, first taking office in January 2013.

Carver served twice as Board of Commissioners chairman, from 2012-14 and 2016-18. He is senior vice president for First Citizens Bank in Smithfield.

“It is with mixed emotion that I announce today that I will not seek reelection in 2020,” Carver said. “I have spent almost two decades as a Johnston County commissioner and it has certainly flown by. As I look back, this has been a time of enormous residential growth and major economic announcements. It has been fun to be a part of many wonderful things that have occurred in Johnston County and I will always look upon them favorably.

“ I am very appreciative of the many relationships that have been formed over the years and can only say thank you to all,” said Carver.

Carver also serves on the Johnston Health Board of Commissioners, as vice chairman of the Johnston Health Services Corp. board, chairman of the finance committee and as a member of the Western Johnston Regional Water and Sewer Authority, Research and Training Zone Advisory Committee and the Johnston County Round Table.

Johnston County is divided into seven districts, each represented by a county commissioner. District 1 encompasses Johnston County’s northern tip and includes the town of Archer Lodge and a half-dozen election precincts: North Beulah, North O’Neals, South O’Neals, Archer Lodge, Flowers Plantation and North Wilders.

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