By LINCOLN DAVIDSON
Five Democrats have registered to run for the three at-large seats on the Mecklenburg County Commission this fall, while two Republicans also have entered the race. Filing for local elections closed Friday. Meanwhile, in county commission District 1, Democrat Leonard Richardson and Republican Jim Puckett have signed up to run for the seat to be vacated by Karen Bentley, who’s stepping down after four terms. State Sen. Jeff Tarte learned Friday he’ll be unopposed for re-election this fall, while state Rep. Charles Jeter (R-Huntersville) will face a rematch this fall against his 2012 opponent, Democrat Robin Bradford.