Forsyth elections board files petition to fire Coffman

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Rob Coffman was hired as Forsyth County Director of Elections in 2006. (The Winston-Salem Journal)

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The Republican majority on the Forsyth County Board of Elections voted Tuesday night in closed session to file a petition with the N.C. State Board of Elections to fire county Elections Director Rob Coffman.

The decision will ultimately be up to the State Board of Elections.

“We have received the petition at this time by email,” Don Wright, general counsel for the State Board of Elections, said on Wednesday afternoon.

Coffman said, “My understanding is that it was not a unanimous decision of the board.” He declined to comment further.

Board Chairman Ken Raymond and Secretary Stuart Russell, both Republicans, said in emails that they would not comment about the petition.

“The petition will have to speak for itself while this issue is still pending,” Raymond said in an email.

Fleming El-Amin, the lone Democrat on the three-member board, voted against filing the petition.

El-Amin said he was in favor of suspending Coffman for five days, but not firing him. El-Amin said he plans to recommend that action to the state this week.

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