Granville director elected second vice president

Apr. 29, 2013 @ 04:55 PM

Tonya Burnette, elections director for Granville County, was elected second vice president of the N.C. Association of Directors of Elections at the organization’s conference in early April.

Burnette grew up in Granville County. She graduated from J.F. Webb High School. From there she went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations. She received paralegal training at Meredith College.

She worked at several other jobs before accepting her present position with Granville County in 2002.

Burnette is married to attorney Michael P. Burnette. Her mother is Doris D. Blackwell of Oxford.

Burnette has been an active member of NCADE. She served as treasurer of the organization from 2007 to 2011 and secretary from 2011 to 2013.

The NCADE conference, held in Concord on April 7-9, attracted over 300 elections professionals from 82 North Carolina counties. In addition to business sessions, the conference provided training on the conference theme, “Adapting to Change.”

Other officers elected were: president, Debbie Bedford of Rutherford County; first vice president, Dawn Stumpf of Chatham County; secretary, Sandra Rich of Caldwell County; and treasurer, Suzanne Southerland of Duplin County.

The officers will serve a two-year term.

NCADE was established in 1967 to provide continuing education for elections directors and to improve the electoral process in North Carolina and the nation.

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