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Ann Bradford with her son John Bradford meet voters at Cornelius Town Hall

NC Rep. John Bradford, a Cornelius resident, plans to run for Congress

[Update 11:30 am Dec. 11] Dec. 8. By Dave Yochum. Four months after US Rep. Dan Bishop announced plans to run for state attorney general rather than seek another term in Congress, NC Rep. John Bradford says he will run for Bishop’s seat. It turns out that A.J. Daoud, a former NCGOP district chairman who […]

Jeff Tarte

What’s on Jeff Tarte’s mind as he plans run for NC Auditor?

Dec. 8. By Dave Yochum. Former Cornelius Mayor Jeff Tarte—he was also our first NC District 41 Senator—will be the volunteer chair of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce in 2024 in addition to a candidate for NC State Auditor. Always an interesting person regardless of one’s politics, the Republican thought leader says he hopes […]

Susan Johnson

Susan Johnson brings real estate experience to Town Board

Dec. 6. By Dave Vieser. When Susan Johnson was named Cornelius Planning Board chair in December, 2021, she had little reason to believe she would be leaving the post after only two years. But on Monday she rolled off the planning board upon her swearing in on the Town Board. Johnson will also bring a […]

Jeff Tarte at a Newsmakers Breakfast

Jeff Tarte will run for NC Auditor in 2024

Nov. 29. Former NC Sen. Jeff Tarte, a Cornelius resident, plans to run in the GOP primary for State Auditor in March. Tarte is a former mayor of Cornelius and the incoming chair of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. Background As a state senator he authored legislation that required the six largest departments in […]


Challenging questions during Q&A with Sen. Thom Tillis

  NEWSMAKERS BREAKFAST | By Erica Batten Nov. 20. U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, who cut his teeth on the Cornelius Town Board in the early 2000s, returned to Lake Norman Oct. 12 as the guest of honor at Cornelius Today’s Newsmakers Breakfast, an audience-driven Q&A featuring timely topics and guests. The audience offered up questions […]

Photo by Jason Benavides

Analysis: Why the race for mayor of Cornelius appears to be going down to the wire

Nov. 13. [Analysis] By Dave Vieser. It was almost 10:45 pm on Election Night when the last of the unofficial results came in from the Mecklenburg Board of Elections showing incumbent Woody Washam with a 13-vote lead over challenger Denis Bilodeau. Did anyone think it would be this close? While residents await the final official […]


With 13 votes separating mayoral contenders, it ain’t over til it’s over

Nov.9. By Dave Yochum. It turns out the election results from Tuesday night are unofficial, which matters little unless a contest is close—on the order of 1 percent difference between winner and loser. That’s apparently the case with the mayoral contest in Cornelius, with Woody Washam ahead of Denis Bilodeau by only 13 votes out […]

From left: Robert Carney, Scott Higgins, Susan Johnson, Michael Osborne and Todd Sansbury

Cornelius local election roundup

Town Board There will more change again on the Cornelius Town Board starting in December as a result of Tuesday’s election. Scott Higgins, Robert Carney and Susan Johnson will join incumbents Michael Osborne and Todd Sansbury on the five-member board. Two years ago, the board was literally turned upside down with an all new cast. […]

Clark Wins Huntersville Mayoral Race

Nov. 7. By Mark Washburn. In a race dominated by vexing issues of growth, public safety and clogged traffic, former Democratic lawmaker Christy Clark cruised to victory as Huntersville’s next mayor Tuesday while two incumbents were ousted from the town commission. Clark, a Huntersville teacher, won with 48 percent of the vote over Dan Boone, […]

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Election 2023: Will you vote yes or no on term-length proposal?

Nov. 7. Voters in Cornelius will decide today if term limits for mayor and commissioners, should be expanded to a staggered four-year format or remain at the current two years. The issue arose early in 2023 when some members of the town board questioned whether the longer terms are more advantageous. Ultimately, they decided to […]