by Jordan Green

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Baker all but certain to receive approval for appointment to Forsyth commission

It’s all but certain that the Forsyth County Commission will vote to approve Mark Baker as the replacement for Debra Conrad, who has resigned her seat to serve in the NC House. The commission meets on Thursday in a special session to consider the recommendation of Baker by the Forsyth County Republican Party.

The Republicans hold the majority on the commission, and a Republican will fill a vacant Republican seat.

A Christian private school principal and Tobaccoville Village Council member, Baker is well known among Forsyth County Republicans, having run for county commission before, albeit unsuccessfully. Baker is a social conservative in line with Conrad’s governing philosophy and the conservative majority within the commission’s Republican caucus. But he parts ways with Conrad on the issue of economic incentives. That position is likely to leave Baker alone on the seven-member board, at least for the next year or so. The board’s two Democrats, one moderate Republican and three other conservative Republicans hold a consensus that incentives are necessary for economic development.