WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – New Hanover Commission Chairwoman Julia Olson-Boseman has served as a Democrat for years, not only locally, but also in the North Carolina State Senate. However, she is now listed as a Republican.
According to voter registration data, Olson-Boseman’s affiliation has been updated and documents show she first changed her affiliation on May 18, 2022, the day after she lost the Primary Election to unaffiliated.
Then, on June 4, 2022, Olson-Boseman then filed a voter registration form listing her affiliation as Republican.
Her former party has now released a statement calling for her to resignation from the board.
“We believe that it is in the interest of Ms. Olson-Boseman and New Hanover County for her to focus on her family and addressing the challenges she faces in her private life without the additional burden of public service,” NHCDP Chairman Andre Brown said “We note that Commissioner Boseman has changed her voter registration from Democratic to Republican. We hope she finds a home in a party that shares her values.”
The New Hanover Republican Party also sent a statement on Monday afternoon, denouncing Olson-Boseman.
“Despite a recent uptick in former Democrats switching to the Republican Party as a result of failed Democrat policies, The New Hanover Republican Party was as surprised as anyone by Ms. Olson-Boseman’s changing her political registration. We had no conversations with her about her change to the Republican Party, nor do we plan to in the near future as she works through her legal issues,” the statement read.
“We denounce her party switch. The New Hanover County Republican Party will continue to support candidates and elected officials that believe in the Rule of Law, accountability, and strong Republican values.”
As for Olson-Boseman’s legal troubles, an attorney representing her, Joshua Walthall, issued a brief statement Monday.
“Ms. Boseman has a deep and sincere respect for the judicial system and is committed to complying with the court’s order directing her to produce documents and information to the State Bar. At present, she is making every effort to obtain the documents the Bar is seeking,” he said.
Olson-Boseman faces contempt of court and was either supposed to turn herself into the Wake County Sheriff’s Office for failing to comply with a court order, or comply with that order by July 22. She did not turn herself into the sheriff’s office as of Friday at 6 p.m.
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