State Senator Malcolm Graham Declines to Run for Mayor of Charlotte

State Senator Malcolm Graham has decided against running to replace Pat McCrory as mayor of Charlotte. Jim Morrill of The Charlotte Observer has the expanded story on Graham's announcement.

State Sen. Malcolm Graham found his epiphany in the closet.

Saturday morning, he had to decide what to wear -- a suit, to attend Mecklenburg County's Democratic convention, or sweats, to go to his daughter's basketball tournament.

He chose the sweats.

"That was a telling moment about what I really wanted to do, and where my focus was," Graham said Monday.

The choice helped Graham clarify a decision not to run for Charlotte mayor this fall, ending weeks of speculation. The two-term senator also said it's "unlikely" that he'll run for re-election in 2008.

Malcolm Graham is my senator and I've known him for a while. I think he would do a terrific job as mayor of Charlotte. I know a lot of people who agree with me.

Graham owns his own consulting firm where he works to help African American business owners and entrepreneurs. Given his background and career choice I feel certain he would prioritize efforts to continue breaking down barriers that run along racial and socio-economic lines.

When faced with a difficult decision, Malcolm Graham is a man who would do the right thing. I trust that is what he is doing now.

If he ultimately decides against continuing in the NC Senate, I won't count him out for the long haul. His girls will be in college and that empty nest might just send him looking for a new hobby. He has enough fans among Charlotte voters to assure an easy return to politics if he ever decides to seek office again.

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Nice.

n/t

interesting

There should be some jockeying in the Mecklenburg County Party over the next few months.

"85% of Republicans are Democrats who don't know what's going on." -Robert Kennedy, Jr.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

Probably for the State Senate seat

I would suggest Michael Barnes, but he has a very young baby and I just don't know if he wants to be in Raleigh. He's the city council rep for this district. Great guy.....even if he is a lawyer. :)

We don't seem to have any Democrats willing to come forward to run for Mayor. It's tough. Susan Burgess - our current Mayor Pro Tem - would do a great job, but she's announced that she will run again for city council. Maybe with Malcolm's announcement she'll reconsider.

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Unfortunately, you have to be 25 to be a state senator ...

And in that district, you have to spend $100K to win a primary ... you need a lot of money, and you have to risk it on a race that's not a sure thing ... no idea who's willing to do that. George Dunlap may be sick of running for school board ...

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Michael Barnes is well into his 30s

close to 40 if not already there.

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I was talking about my favorite politician

who isn't 25 yet ... not Michael, who would, however, have the problem of raising all of that money.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

ill bet

your favorite could raise the needed cash. its just an age problem.

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"Keep the Faith"

For mayor

You would be very lucky to have my colleague Anthony Foxx run. But I have no idea if he would.

"85% of Republicans are Democrats who don't know what's going on." -Robert Kennedy, Jr.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

Foxx needs a little more seasoning

I think he's great, but he needs at least one more term on the city council.

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It's funny

Not saying you're doing this, but it is funny how we expect our candidates to have a certain amount of experience, but when they get it, "they've been around too long."

"85% of Republicans are Democrats who don't know what's going on." -Robert Kennedy, Jr.

"Man is free at the moment he wishes to be." -Voltaire

No...I'm not saying it

Mayor of Charlotte isn't exactly an entry level job, though.

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Well, then lets start asking other people

on the City Council, in order of District ... wink wink.

Seriously, though, Davidson graduates can do anything. He'd be fine.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Meck-o-Centric

Okay, all of you quit talking about inside stuff without mentioning names. I have no freakin' idea who y'all are talking about and its pissing me off.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

He's talking about my mother

She the rep in district one. Will run for mayor over my dead cold body. :)

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Well, there you go....

unwilling to make a personal sacrifice. If your mother doesn't run, the terrorists win.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Oh heavens

I'm dying. Too frickin' funny. Thank goodness I wasn't drinking coffee at the time.

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Well, TheJihadistDem, here's something to stop the laughter

We've got our new third vice chair running in that primary this year.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

Hey, you should learn about the great state of Meck

Or should I start making bad jokes that you'll get, like how Liddy Dole breathes North Carolina air so infrequently that she has to create energy for her campaign through anaerobic glycolysis?

Well I'm not going to do that, because that would be terrible!

:-P

(The joke isn't in what I said above, it's when SD gets really really mad at me for even bringing that up)

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

I don't know SQUAT

you little whipper snapper you. :)

I know, I know

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home...looks like he's going home

Give him 6-8 years and I bet he starts looking back at politics. I hope he does.

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2008

is going to be a very busy year I think.

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