Chuck Edwards replaces Tom Apodaca, will complete Apodaca's term

Chuck Edwards will finish out Tom Apodaca's seat following Apodaca's retirement. (Photo credit: WLOS archives)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Republican already running in November to succeed former Sen. Tom Apodaca will now serve the remainder of Apodaca's term through the end of the year.

Gov. Pat McCrory appointed business owner Chuck Edwards to the 48th Senate District seat covering Henderson and Transylvania counties and part of Buncombe County. Local GOP activists last week picked Edwards to complete Apodaca's two-year term after Apodaca resigned July 15. Apodaca had already announced last year he wasn't seeking re-election.

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Edwards' company owns some McDonald's restaurants. Edwards will face Democrat Norm Bossert this fall. The winner serves in the 2017-18 term.

The General Assembly also Tuesday received McCrory's official appointments of David Rogers and Justin Moore to the House through December. They are succeeding Reps. Mike Hager and Charles Jeter, who recently resigned.

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