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Rematch: It’s Powell vs. Puckett again for Mecklenburg County Commission

Oct. 2. By Dave Vieser. Republican James Puckett held the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners District One seat for years, but in 2018, Democrat Elaine Powell soundly defeated him in a race that underscored the political shift in the Mecklenburg suburbs. The North Mecklenburg district—mostly Cornelius, Huntersville, and Davidson—has grown faster among Independents and Democrats […]

Joint statement from Atrium, Novant on RNC

Aug. 11. The healthcare giants issued the following statement in regard to the upcoming Republican National Convention in Charlotte: Charlotte is proud to have a prominent role in our nation’s selection of its presidential candidates. Despite the inherent risk of having large gatherings during the pandemic, nominating conventions are an integral part of our democracy. […]

Op-Ed: Congress must extend unemployment benefits

OPINION. July 23. By Gov. Roy Cooper. Next week, thousands of North Carolinians who are out of work due to COVID-19 will see a drastic reduction in their unemployment benefits despite this pandemic being far from over. The additional $600 a week unemployed workers have received from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program has been […]

NC Dems will hold virtual convention

May 13. The NC Democratic Party will hold its state convention virtually on June 6. Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the NCDP has adjusted forums and meetings to digital platforms around social distancing. District conventions will be held virtually on May 13. “While we won’t be gathering in person for this year’s state convention, moving […]

Miltich new chair of CLT transportation planning

By Dave Vieser. Cornelius Commissioner Michael Miltich has been elected to a one-year term as chairman of the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization. The selection was made at the January CRTPO meeting of the influential planning body which carries out future transportation planning for the Charlotte Urbanized Area. The federally designated group has road jurisdiction […]

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Gilroys lose, Sisson wins, the Duke is back

Nov. 5. By Dave Yochum. In a surprise for the ages, long-time Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy has lost his bid for re-election, coming in sixth in a seven-way race for Town Board. He came in ahead of only one person, his wife Diane “Dee” Gilroy. She lost, too, a set-back for a single household. Political observers and the […]


Your 2019 Town Board Candidates Guide Part 1

Polls open at 6:30 am Tuesday and close at 7:30 pm. There are four polling places on Election Day: Community in Christ Lutheran Church, 7621 Norman Island Drive; Jetton Park, 19000 Jetton Road; Bethel Presbyterian Church, 19920 Bethel Church Road, and Cornelius Town Hall. Cornelius voters will be selecting all five commissioners for the Town […]

Your 2019 Town Board Candidates Guide/Part 2 of 3

What experience do you have that will make you a good commissioner?   As I complete my first term as a Cornelius Town Commissioner, I continue to rely on a pragmatic, common-sense approach to addressing issues and pursuing opportunities.  This is an approach I developed through my 30-plus years as an executive with a Fortune […]

Your 2019 Town Board Candidates Guide Part 3 of 3

Tuesday is Election Day, the last day to vote. Polls are open from 6:30 am to 7:30 pm. In addition to Town Board, voters will pass judgment on a referendum to raise the Mecklenburg County sales tax by .25 cents. If approved, this quarter-cent sales tax would provide approximately $50 million annually for parks, arts, […]


Candidates discuss the issues

Seven people—two of them a married couple—are vying for five seats on the Cornelius Town Board, and some people are scratching their heads. Diane and Dave Gilroy say they don’t talk politics, but should both get elected to the Town Board, 40 percent of the voting power would be concentrated in one household. There’s nothing […]