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Republicans lining up for 9th District primary

The 9th Congressional District field has grown by several candidates, with more announcements and filings in the past two days. On Monday, Republicans Michael Schaffer of Charlotte and Dan Barry of Weddington became the first to formally file papers. And another Republican, Charlotte City Council member Andy Dulin, announced he also plans to run.

The three join Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Pendergraph in seeking the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick, who is retiring. They’ll face off in a primary election on Tuesday, May 8.

The primary winner would face the Democratic nominee in the general election on Nov. 6. So far, only one Democrat is in the race – Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jennifer Roberts.

Mr. Schaffer and Mr. Barry both registered as candidate on Monday. Meanwhile, Mr. Dulin toured the newly re-configured district on Tuesday, making his candidacy announcement in Mooresville, Cornelius and Charlotte.

In a press release, Mr. Dulin said he hopes to follow in Rep. Myrick’s footsteps. “I will follow Sue’s example by being a consistent Conservative voice for the 9th District,” he said. (See his full statement below.)

The 9th District has been redrawn since the last election, incorporating population shifts recorded in the 2010 Census. It now stretches from Union County and south Charlotte to north Mecklenburg and south Iredell counties.


Mecklenburg Board of Elections election information and local candidate listings,

N.C. State Board of Elections website,

Feb. 14, 2012,, “Charlotte Councilman announces bid for 9th Congressional District” – A report on Andy Dulin’s district tour Tuesday announcing his candidacy.

Feb. 13, 2012,, “Jennifer Roberts says she’ll run for Congress in 9th district”


Charlotte City Councilman Andy Dulin Announces Candidacy for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District

Dulin launches campaign with announcement tour across the district

Charlotte, NC: Charlotte City Councilman Andy Dulin announced his candidacy today for the Republican nomination for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.

“It is an honor to announce my candidacy to succeed my friend Congresswoman Sue Myrick,” Councilman Dulin said upon kicking off his candidacy. “Congresswoman Myrick has served the 9th Congressional District with honor and distinction since 1995, and as your next Congressman I will follow Sue’s example by being a consistent Conservative voice for the 9th District.”

Dulin is launching his campaign with an announcement tour across the 9th District. Dulin began the morning with announcements at the Charles Mack Center in Mooresville and at the Cornelius Veterans’ Monument. This afternoon he brought his announcement tour to the Madison Park neighborhood in the heart of Charlotte’s 6th City Council District, which Dulin has represented since 2005. Dulin will conclude his announcement tour this afternoon at 4:00pm with a stop at the Weddington Town Hall in Union County.

“Washington is broken,” Dulin continued. “Our nation is on the wrong track. President Obama and his liberal cronies are destroying our country through their assault on our constitutional freedoms, their mismanagement of the economy, and their out of control spending and spiraling budget deficits. In Congress, you can count me to stand up to the liberal extremists who are undermining our nation. I want to go to Congress to keep the people safe, strengthen the economy, balance the budget, protect the constitution, and preserve our traditional family values.”

“We must repeal Obamacare immediately. We must cut spending, reduce the deficit, and pass a meaningful balanced budget amendment. That’s just good old common sense. We also must stand firm in defense of religious liberties, our 2nd Amendment rights, the right to life and the sanctity of marriage.”

“My wife, Cathy, and I have 3 boys, ages 12, 15, and 18,” Dulin concluded. “I don’t want the legacy I leave them to be one of a nation in decline where they will have less opportunities and less freedom than my wife and I have had. I want to leave them with a country that is on the rise again. I am confident that together we can restore America. If we return to the Constitutional principles and conservative ideals upon which our great country was founded I believe, as President Reagan once said, that our best days as a nation will still be in front of us.”

Andy Dulin is serving his fourth term on the Charlotte City Council. He vice chairs the Budget Committee and is a member of the Community Safety, Environment, and Government Affairs Committee.

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