Of the 628,677 registered voters in Mecklenburg County, 178,533 voted in the primary election for an about 28 percent turnout. We’ll see a few run-off elections in July for races too close to call and the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Here’s a look at the results of some local races:
Mecklenburg County Commission District 6
Republican incumbent Bill James dispatched his in-party challenger Tuesday night in the District 6 race.
James is running for his ninth term on the board, where he represents southern Mecklenburg County, including Matthews and Mint Hill. He took nearly 52 percent of the vote, winning by nearly 700 votes.
“People know what they’re getting in me,” James said on Wednesday morning. “And what they really want is someone who stands up and defends them against the howling liberal horde in Uptown.”
James took 20 of the 29 precincts in the district, though Driggs took more of the south Charlotte precincts around Ballantyne. James’ wins came more in the Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville areas.
“I just think that people want somebody who will defend them and I have tried to do that,” James said of his record. “I have tried to defend people in District 6 from the predation of government. … When you get right down to the nitty-gritty, you’re left with the fact that in Mecklenburg County, at this point in time, the people of District 6 need someone who is going to fight for them, protect them against Uptowners, the NAACP, low-income housing dropped in their backyard, attempts to bus their kids to some inner city location, and for me … that’s the reason I originally got elected and continue to get elected.”
James moves on to face Democrat Connie Green-Johnson in November.
Mecklenburg County Commission at-large
Top vote-getting Republicans James Peterson, Michael Hobbs and Wayne Powers will square off in November against Democrats Kim Ratliff, Pat Cotham and Trevor Fuller and Libertarian Jason Bateman for three at-large seats.
Peterson captured the highest amount of votes, at 37,177, closely followed by Hobbs with 37,166 votes. Ratliff was next in line with 28,034 votes.
U.S. House District 9 Republicans
Voters are going to get another shot in July at picking a Republican to face Democrat Jennifer Roberts and Libertarian Curtis Campbell.
Neither Jim Pendergraph nor Robert Pittenger could separate themselves from the crowded field well enough to outright take the Republican spot on the November ballot. Ten candidates on the Republican side were running for Rep. Sue Myrick’s seat in Congress, with Pittenger getting 28.14 percent of the vote and Pendergraph 26.86. The two will face each other in a runoff election July 17.
Ric Killian, one of south Charlotte’s representatives in the N.C. General Assembly, pulled in 10.51 percent of the vote, and Andy Dulin, the SouthPark-area Charlotte City Council member, got 6.12 percent.
N.C. Senate 41 Republicans
Jeff Tarte and John Aneralla will face each other in a July runoff election for the N.C. Senate 41 race. Neither received the required 40 percent to win the race outright, with Tarte getting 37.64 percent and Aneralla 36.25 percent. The district covers north Mecklenburg, then runs down the eastern edge of the county to include the Matthews and Mint Hill area and one or two south Charlotte neighborhoods.
Want to know more?
For more detailed election information, including how your precinct voted, visit www.meckboe.org.