Charlotte Elections

The primary elections are over here in Charlotte and the dust is settling. With a slate of newcomers prepared to fill out the at-large seats on council, the voters chose to keep experienced, effective council members in the districts - and they voted for them with overwhelming margins.

Patsy Kinsey (my mother), James "Smuggie" Mitchell and Nancy Carter will all three return to the Council to represent districts 1, 2 and 5 respectively. All three ran clean, issue-oriented campaigns and were rehired by the residents of the districts they represent.

The Council is losing Democrat Anthony Foxx and Republican John Lassiter who will face off in November's mayoral race. This opens the door for some fresh voices on council and the Democratic slate is stacked with talent. Patrick Cannon led the vote tally. Cannon left Council several years ago to get his finances back in order, so he is not necessarily a newcomer to Charlotte politics. Susan Burgess, Darrin Rankin and David Howard finished out the Dem slate.

My personal favorite is David Howard who fortunately made it through the at-large primary.

Here is just a little about David. For more, please visit his website.

David L. Howard was born and raised in Charlotte, where he works daily to improve conditions for all citizens of his hometown. He has been Vice President of Special Projects and Community Affairs of The Housing Partnership since 1997.

Locally, his most visible role has been that of immediate-past chairman of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Planning Commission. David has been successful in reformatting, redefining and restructuring the commission and the role of chairman. In addition to his role as chairman, David has served on the nominating committee and retreat follow-up committee in his six years on the commission (planning commission consists of officials from all elected bodies in Mecklenburg County including County Commission, City of Charlotte, the six towns, and the CMS Board of Education).

On a national level, David has been appointed as an Urban Community Adviser for the National Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Washington DC. This nine member committee provides expert insight on urban development matters. Additionally, David was selected as a 2009 American Memorial Fellow by The German Marshal Fund of Washington, DC. Awarded annually to 55 emerging leaders from across the United States, this fellowship gave him the opportunity to travel to Europe this summer, where he visited five counties over a 25-day period.

David has experience in Charlotte working in areas that will help him when reviewing and voting on issues before the Council. I haven't spent that much time around David, but he has an honest and easy-going presence that should serve him well on council. I also met several of his poll workers who were all very enthusiastic about him. One of his poll workers was nearing retirement age and told me she had never volunteered for a campaign before, but David had inspired her to get involved. He has a large base of support in the community and with a little more organization should be able to pull off a win in November.

On the Republican side incumbent Edwin Peacock III received the highest number of votes and will be joined by Jaye Rao, Matthew Ridenhour and Tariq Scott Bokhari. Peacock has a bit of a progressive streak on social issues, especially those that involve protecting our environment and equality for the LGBT community. That can't be said of any of the other three Republicans running. Rao didn't do much to get her name out and my feeling is the only reason she won is because favored candidate, Georgia Belk carried too much baggage from her husband, Judge Bill Belk who may be facing disciplinary action for misconduct. Matthew Ridenhour made his name teabagging and received the second largest number of votes. While I would love to see three or four Democrats elected, I don't think that will be what happens in November.

If we can't have three Democrats join Peacock to fill out the at-large Council members, Republicans should give a long hard look at Bokhari. Yes, he's young, but he's smart, funny and has a strong grasp on Council issues. He ran a clean, issue-oriented campaign against Patsy Kinsey (my mother) in District 1 in 2007. Patsy won huge and Tariq laughed about it as we worked early voting for a few hours together last Saturday. He's very personable and is running a smart, innovative campaign. His only drawback is that he is very, very conservative. On the plus side, he isn't an angry conservative which tells me he has the temperament to handle the mostly non-partisan issues dealt with by the Council.

John Lassiter easily won the Republican mayoral primary. There's not too much to say about this race for now. I'll have an update on the Foxx vs. Lassiter race soon.

Congratulations to all of the winners on Tuesday.


I'm still exhausted

Will cover some of these races in more detail at a later date. Hope all are well. Sorry to have been away for so long. It's great to be back.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.


On the plus side, he isn't an angry conservative which tells me he has the temperament to handle the mostly non-partisan issues dealt with by the Council.

Which is why local elections (municipal, county, school board) need not be partisan in the first place.

Thanks for this great report

Under the so-called leadership of Pat McCrory, Charlotte has been largely missing in action when it comes to North Carolina public policy. We'd all do well to know more about who's doing what in the Queen City. I really appreciate this post.

Thanks, I know it isn't a lot of detail

There is a lot to not like about Charlotte politics. I'm afraid my views are a bit tainted against some Democrats, but TrueMeckDem might show up to provide another view....or he might agree with me. :D

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Looks like he agrees with me


Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.