By DAVID BORAKS
CORNELIUS – Opponents of the N.C. DOT’s I-77 plan for high-occupancy toll lanes (HOT lanes) on I-77 have begun throwing punches in the fall election campaign, posting signs around Cornelius and Huntersville telling voters to “fire” two commissioners and endorsing their challengers. But the attack by a group called TollFree NC is getting negative reviews from both local officials and candidates, some of whom have repudiated the tactic.
Signs appeared over the weekend on roadsides in Cornelius and Huntersville attacking incumbent commissioners John Bradford of Cornelius and Sarah McAulay of Huntersville. They’re planted alongside other signs endorsing slates of candidates whom TollFreeNC believes will help them fight against the Department of Transportation’s widening plan. Read the full story