Mecklenburg County Commissioner Karen Bentley said Monday she is backing John Aneralla for the 41st District state Senate seat. Mr. Aneralla is one of five candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the seat in the May 8 primary.
“John Aneralla is the clear choice for Senate District 41,” Commissioner Bentley said in a press release. “John is the authentic Conservative in this race. We can trust him to stand up for our Conservative values and principles in Raleigh. John will fight for us, and I know that he will make us proud as our new State Senator.”
Commissioner Bentley, of Huntersville, represents the 1st District, which includes north Mecklenburg.
Early voting already has begun in the primary election.
The redrawn 41st district stretches from north Mecklenburg, including Davidson and Cornelius, along the eastern border with Cabarrus County, to southeast Mecklenburg, including Mint Hill.
Mr. Aneralla is a Huntersville business owner and former chairman of the Mecklenburg County Republican Party, has been lining up support in the race. In February, he won a straw poll among Republican party leaders in the race for the nomination. In that straw poll, party leaders chose him over Cornelius Mayor Jeff Tarte.
Mayor Tarte has his own roster of supporters, which also includes other local leaders including mayors and business people.
Other candidates on the May 8 ballot are: Troy Stafford, Robby Benton and Dr. Donald Copeland Sr.
March 1, 2012, “Five Republicans vie for NC District 41 seat” – includes candidate information.