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Elections panel gets member
Sorrells sworn in as GOP rep
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Forsyth County Probate Judge Lynwood D. Jordan swears in Doug Sorrells as the Republican representative on the Forsyth County Board of Elections during a ceremony Thursday. Sorrells replaces the outgoing Brant Meadows, who is running for county commission. - photo by Emily Saunders
The newest addition to the Forsyth County Board of Elections is finally official.

Doug Sorrells, the local Republican Party representative on the board, was sworn in Thursday by Forsyth County Probate Judge Lynwood D. Jordan.

Sorrells replaces Brant Meadows, who resigned from the board last month to run for the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners.

Unfortunately, Sorrells said, he’ll be on vacation when the board meets next week.

“I do think it’s an honor that the Republican Party would have the confidence to select me and turn my name in to the county commissioners,” Sorrells said. “I’m glad the county commissioners approved that appointment.”

Sorrells retired in 2008 after 12 years as the county’s clerk of court. He said since then, he’s been traveling, working on old cars at home and checking off items on his “honey-do” list.

“I look forward to serving on the board and being active again in the county,” he said.

Jordan said he was honored to conduct the ceremony.

“He and I go back a long way, back to 1975 or so,” Jordan said. “He was chief tax assessor and I was county attorney, so for several years there we were collaborating and serving as county officials.

“Of course we’ve done a lot since then, but it’s an honor and a pleasure for me to swear him in.”

Sorrells will join local Democratic Party representative Matt Blender on the board.

Gary J. Smith, who has served as chairman for the past eight years, will be leaving the board June 30.

Forsyth County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley is expected to name Smith’s replacement before his last day.