Former legislator Preston dies in Connecticut hospital

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 12:26 PM.

“I was in the Senate chamber (Wednesday). No one was in there and I kept looking at Jean’s spot knowing what might be,” he said. “It’s hard to think she’s not going to be there anymore. She loved serving the people of North Carolina.”

Greg Lewis, chairman of the Carteret County Republican Party and the Carteret County Board of Commissioners, called Preston a “longtime political light and force” in Carteret County and Eastern North Carolina.

“Jean exemplified the attributes that you would want to see in your elected official,” he said. “She always put what was right above politics.”

As was the case in Raleigh, Preston was also known for her cooperation with the local community and her constituents.

“Jean has been a great friend for many years and will be missed tremendously,” Emerald Isle Mayor Art Schools said. “She was always a pleasure to work with on legislative issues and had a great relationship with other legislators and got results for her constituents.”

McElraft said education was a top priority for Preston, but she fought hard for all her constituents and also worked hard for the commercial fishing industry.

“She worked tirelessly, not as a politician but as a public servant,” she said.



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