Police Benevolent Association endorses Bradford

John Bradford, the Republican candidate for the House District 98 seat, said Wednesday he has won the endorsement of the North Carolina Division of the Southern States Police Benevolent Association. Continue Reading

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Meet Meckenburg Dist. 1 candidate Leonard Richardson

Leonard Richardson

Leonard Richardson

By DAVID BORAKS
CorneliusNews.net/DavidsonNews.net

Leonard Richardson grew up in poverty and foster care, and said he knows firsthand the need for social services and public education: It helped him make it through college and into a career as public school teacher.

“If it wasn’t for public education, parks and recreation, etc., I wouldn’t be here,” said Richardson, who is running for the Mecklenburg County Commission District 1 seat.

The 33-year-old Huntersville resident teaches at Nations Ford Elementary School in Charlotte, a high-poverty public school, where he’s reminded of the importance of public services every day. “These kids grew up very much like I did,” he said. Continue Reading

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Meet Mecklenburg District 1 candidate Jim Puckett

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Jim Puckett

By JONATHAN COX
CorneliusNews.net/DavidsonNews.net

Jim Puckett aims to retake his District 1 seat on the Mecklenburg County Commission, facing off against Democrat Leonard Richardson. A Republican with a strong individualist streak, Puckett wants to correct what he sees as government overreach in Mecklenburg County, saying on his website that “a healthy distrust of government reside[s] in my DNA.”

Puckett held District 1 seat  for three terms, from 2000 to 2006, when he ran unsuccessfully for an at-large seat on the commission. Before that he represented District 1 on the Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education, where he lobbied for more funds for north Mecklenburg schools and an end to the busing program.

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Meet the county commission at-large candidates

election 2014 bugThree Democratic candidates and two Republicans are running for the three at-large seats on the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners. Republicans Emily Zuyus and Scott Carlisle are up against incumbent Democrats Trevor Fuller and Pat Cotham, as well as former Charlotte City Council member Ella Scarborough. Read on for profiles of each of the candidates.

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Meet 98th House District candidate Natasha Marcus

Natasha Marcus

Natasha Marcus

By JONATHAN COX
CorneliusNews.net/DavidsonNews.net

Natasha Marcus says she hopes to bring a moderate voice to a legislature run by a Republican super-majority.

As she challenges Cornelius commissioner John Bradford for the seat currently held by state Rep. and House Speaker Thom Tillis,  she points to state reductions in education spending as one of many extreme policies passed by a legislature unwilling to compromise.

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Meet 98th House District candidate John Bradford

John Bradford

John Bradford

By JONATHAN COX
CorneliusNews.net/DavidsonNews.net

John Bradford is running against Democrat Natasha Marcus for the 98th District state House of Representatives seat on a platform that emphasizes a pro-business policy. Ask about his credentials to represent small businesses and Bradford points to his record as owner of Park Avenue Properties, which weathered the recession with what he calls “absolutely no government assistance.”

Bradford and Marcus are vying for state House Speaker Thom Tillis’s seat in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives as Tillis challenges Kay Hagan for a seat in the US Senate.

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Candidate forum Thursday at Huntersville Town Hall

Robin Bradford and Charles Jeter

92nd District statehouse candidates Robin Bradford and Charles Jeter 

election 2014 bugAs early voting begins and Election Day nears, voters in north Mecklenburg will have one more chance to meet candidates for state and local offices, at a forum in Huntersville Thursday night, Oct. 23, co-hosted by the Lake Norman Chamber and DavidsonNews.net/CorneliusNews.net. Continue Reading

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Meet state Senate candidate Latrice McRae

Latrice McRae

Latrice McRae

By JONATHAN COX
CorneliusNews.net/DavidsonNews.net

Latrice McRae sees a shortage of state senators advocating for the rights of working-class families, and she hopes to address this under-representation in office.

A partner at her consulting firm Cason McRae, she had no political experience before entering the senate race against Republican candidate Jeff Tarte. But she doesn’t see that as a liability: “We don’t need someone with political expertise in Raleigh,” she said. “We need leadership.”

“No one’s advocating for working families,” she said. “I feel like someone has to step up to the plate and advocate for us.” Continue Reading

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Meet state Senate candidate Jeff Tarte

Jeff Tarte

Jeff Tarte

By JONATHAN COX
CorneliusNews.net/DavidsonNews.net

In his first term as the state Senator for District 41, Republican Jeff Tarte co-authored a bill that reversed Mecklenburg County’s disputed property tax revaluation, and he fought for Kilah’s Law, which imposes stricter punishments on child abusers. He was primary author of the Health Care Transparency bill, which aims to keep consumers aware of hospital pricing.

It’s a long list of accomplishments for a freshman senator, but Tarte said he has many other goals as he seeks a second term against Democratic challenger Latrice McRae. Continue Reading

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River Run hosts a candidate forum Thursday

Voters are invited to an election forum at River Run Country Club this Thursday, Oct. 16, to meet local candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot. The meeting begins at 7pm in the River Run Golf and Country Club Ballroom, 19125 River Falls Drive, Davidson. Continue Reading

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