Democrat Leonard Richardson and Republican Jim Puckett couldn’t have more different philosophies about government. Today on our Election 2014 page, we profile the two candidates for the Mecklenburg County Commission District 1 seat, which is open because of the retirement of four-term commissioner Karen Bentley.
- Richardson grew up poor in a foster home, and credits government services and public education with lifting him from poverty to a college degree and a career in teaching. He hopes the growing number of Democrats in the district will help him. READ MORE»
- Puckett, who wants to win back the seat he held from 2000 to 2006, has been an advocate for lower taxes and smaller government. He says “a healthy distrust of government is in my DNA.” READ MORE»
Meanwhile, see profiles of all the local candidates in the Nov. 4 election our our Election 2014 page.
- Meet the county commission at-large candidates – profiles of 2 Republicans and 3 Democrats
- Meet 98th House District candidate Natasha Marcus
- Meet 98th House District candidate John Bradford
- Candidate forum Thursday at Huntersville Town Hall – see you there!
- Meet state Senate candidate Latrice McRae
- Meet state Senate candidate Jeff Tarte
EARLY VOTING ENDS SATURDAY
Early voting continues through this Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at 21 polling stations around Mecklenburg County. They include North County Regional Library in Huntersville and Cornelius Town Hall.
Other sites are in or near downtown Charlotte, including the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s main branch (310 N. Tryon St.) and Central Piedmont Community College (1325 E. 7th St.). Voting elsewhere will be at libraries and recreation centers.
CPCC’s Facilities Service building will be open for voting 8am to 7pm weekdays, 10am to 1pm Saturday.
Cornelius Town Hall, Huntersville library and all other sites will be open weekdays 10am to 7pm, and Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10 am to 1pm. Cornelius Town Hall is at 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. North County Regional Library is at 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville.
Download a map and list of early voting sites, with hours, at MECKBOE.org.