Orange County appoints Elections Director

ORANGE COUNTY (January 23, 2018) -- raper_portrait_400Rachel Raper has been appointed Orange County Elections Director. She is replacing Tracy Reams, whose retirement is effective Jan. 31.

Previously, Raper served Currituck County as Elections Director since August 2014 to January 2018 and as Deputy Elections Director between October 2005 and August 2014.

Raper graduated from Elizabeth City State University with a bachelor of arts in Political Science in May 2005. She earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from UNC-Greensboro in 2011. In 2017, she completed the intensive "Leading for Results" course offered by the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“What attracted me to this position was the energy and spirit of Orange County and an opportunity to join an excellent elections team," Raper said. "I look forward to administering vital, orderly, thorough, efficient services to the voters of Orange County.”

Raper started with Orange County on Jan. 22. She was chosen after an extensive search led by the Orange County Board of Elections with assistance from the Orange County Human Resources Department. She is active in the North Carolina Association of Directors of Elections. Raper has extensive knowledge of federal and state election laws and regulations and is experienced in using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data as a decision support system.

Reams, who announced her retirement last November after more than 30 years of service in local government, has served as Orange County Elections Director since January 2008.