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Meck County Board, with one new member, holds first meeting tonight

Dec. 6. The first meeting of the new Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners will be this evening starting at 6 pm. The county board, which sets the tax rate for the bulk of property taxes throughout the county, consists of nine members: Leigh Altman – At Large: Commissioner Altman is serving her second term on […]

Familiar faces to remain on Meck County Commission

Nov. 9. By Dave Vieser. Two veteran Mecklenburg County officials—Democrats Pat Cotham and Elaine Powell—have been reelected to the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners. In the at-large contest, where voters could chose up to three candidates, Cotham was the top vote-getter with 29 percent of the vote. Over the years, she has developed a reputation […]

Melissa Easley unseats veteran CMS board member

Nov. 9. By Dave Vieser. With two candidates for Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board District 1 splitting the Republican vote, Democrat candidate Melissa Easley won decisively, with incumbent Rhonda Cheek and newcomer Ro Lawsin coming in second and third. Easley: 18,510 Cheek: 14,542 Lawsin: 10,711 Fountain: 9,447 Fisher: 7,663 Two other independent candidates—Bill Fountain and Hamani […]

Updated: NC District 98 race heats up as Early Voting begins

Oct. 20. By Dave Yochum. The third time John Bradford, a Republican, and Christy Clark, a Democrat, square off in the NC District 98 contest appears to be the most contentious. Cornelius Police have placed Bradford’s home on a watch list after partisan Facebook posts included pictures of his home and compared it to Tara […]

Vote early, starting tomorrow

Oct. 19. Residents can begin casting their ballots tomorrow in the 2022 general election. One-stop early voting sites are open Oct. 20 through Nov. 5. Visit the Board of Elections web page at MeckNC.gov/BOE to register, confirm a registration, learn about early voting, check your polling location and view your sample ballot. Election Day is […]

Chamber candidate forum Oct. 12 at Town Hall

Oct. 12. The Lake Norman Chamber will host a candidate forum for NC House District 98, Mecklenburg County District 1 and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) District 1 on Oct. 12 at Town Hall. The forum, which will be held in the Community Room from 7 pm to 9 pm, will be moderated by Paul Cameron, […]

Democrat will speak at Chamber April 4

April 1. A Democratic elected official will be the guest speaker at Monday’s Coffee with the CEO. Click here to RSVP. Happy April Fools’ Day

UNC School of Government

Pandemic delays orientation for new Cornelius commissioners

Jan. 5. By Dave Yochum. A course specifically designed to help newly elected officials transition from campaigning to governing has been postponed due to the pandemic. The UNC Chapel Hill School of Government and the NC League of Municipalities hold a biennial orientation for newly-elected municipal officials called  “Essentials of Municipal Government.” Details —Cornelius’ mayor, […]

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Dave Gilroy is new mayor pro tem in Cornelius

Dec. 7. By Dave Vieser. There was a changing of the guard last night as four new Town Board members were installed: Colin Furcht, Dave Gilroy, Michael Osborne and Todd Sansbury replaced Jim Duke, Mike Miltich, Thurman Ross and Tricia Sisson. Denis Bilodeau was the only incumbent commissioner who was re-elected; Mayor Woody Washam ran […]

Appeals Court halts candidate filing

Dec. 6. By Dave Yochum. The NC Court of Appeals has halted candidate filing in a wide variety of federal, state and local races around the state. Lawsuits had been filed challenging the new maps which determine the boundaries of various voting districts. Candidate filing started at noon today. One of the lawsuits, filed by […]