Filing opened Monday, Feb. 10, for local elections that this year will include the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners seats and the Washington, D.C., seats of U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger and Sen. Kay Hagan, among others.
Candidates have until Feb. 28, a Friday, at noon, to register at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections site. A primary will be held May 6 for races where there are more candidates in any party than seats for that position, and the general election will take place Nov. 4.
Commissioner Bill James, who represents Matthews and Mint Hill in addition to Ballantyne and Pineville, filed on Monday to run for his ninth-straight term as the county commission District 6 representative. James is the longest-serving commissioner for the county, and one of three Republicans on the current commission.
“I look forward to working together with the people of District 6 to keep government efficient, effective and taxes low,” James said in an email when announcing his plans to run for re-election. “The people of District 6 need a strong conservative voice on the county commission, someone that will stick up for them again in the coming years.”
James beat an in-party challenger – Ed Driggs, who now is a Charlotte City Council member – and then the Democratic Party challenger Connie Green Johnson in the general election in 2012.
Matthews and Mint Hill voters also will cast ballots for the commission’s three open at-large seats, which are voted on by all Mecklenburg County voters. Trevor Fuller, Pat Cotham and Kim Ratliff, all Democrats, currently hold the three seats.
U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger’s District 9 seat will be up for re-election, after he took over for long-time legislator and fellow Republican Sue Myrick. Pittenger beat out a number of area politicians in 2012,
including winning a primary and secondary primary in his party before facing Jennifer Roberts, a former Mecklenburg commissioner, in the general election.
The District 9 seat includes much of north, south and west Mecklenburg, in addition to half of Union County and Mooresville and around Statesville in Iredell County.
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s seat will appear on this year’s ballot, and will be one of the nation’s most hotly contested race as Republicans look to take back a seat they feel they can win in a state that went red in the 2012 election. Hagan is one of two U.S. senators in North Carolina. U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s seat is not up for re-election this year.
District 103 in the N.C. House of Representatives, where N.C. Rep. Bill Brawley is nearing the end of his second term, covers the majority of Matthews and Mint Hill. N.C. Rep. Tricia Cotham’s District 100 also touches a portion of Matthews and Mint Hill and will be on this year’s ballot. Tricia Cotham, who filed to run on Monday, is the daughter of county commissioner Pat Cotham. Brawley is a Republican and Cotham is a Democrat.
N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte’s District 41, a recently redrawn district, covers much of Matthews and Mint Hill, in addition to Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson in north Mecklenburg. The former Cornelius mayor is in his first term as a state senator and will be up for re-election this year. N.C. Sen. Bob Rucho’s District 39 also is up this year, and covers a sliver of the Matthews-Mint Hill area.
Matthews and Mint Hill voters also will see judge seats on the November ballot, in addition to the Mecklenburg County sheriff position and more. Find a complete list of positions open on this year’s ballot at the elections board website, www.meckboe.org. A complete list of local candidates will be printed in the March 5 issue of Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly, and candidate surveys will be printed in the run up to the primary and general election.