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NASCAR’s Wallace, Evernham endorse Tarte for senate

Jeff Tarte

Jeff Tarte, Mayor of Cornelius and candidate for the N.C. District 41 senate seat, announced today he has received endorsements from NASCAR’s Rusty Wallace and Ray Evernham, who donated to his campaign the maximum legal amount, according to a campaign press release. To date, Mayor Tarte has received endorsements from more than 125 community leaders, business owners, and other individuals.

After a close finish in the May 8 Republican primary race, Mayor Tarte and Huntersville business owner John Aneralla continue their campaigns in anticipation of a runoff vote July 17. The men are vying to represent a new district, District 41, covering Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Matthews Mint Hill and parts of southeast Charlotte.

They beat three other Republican candidates in the primary, which doubles as the deciding vote: No Democrats or Independents registered to run in the district, which means either Mr. Aneralla or Mayor Tarte will become the area’s new state senator.

Click here to see a sample ballot for the second primary July 17.

Here’s the press release Mayor Tarte sent Monday:

CORNELIUS - Mayor Jeff Tarte is pleased to announce that he has received the support of newly elected NASCAR Hall of Fame Driver Rusty Wallace and Ray Evernham, who has been recognized as NASCAR’s “Greatest Crew Chief of All Time”. Wallace and Evernham join over 125 other business and local leaders in endorsing Mayor Jeff Tarte for State Senate and have donated at the maximum legal level to the campaign.

“It is a huge thrill to have the support of both Rusty and Ray,” said Mayor Tarte. “They are both oustanding business leaders in the racing industry. Their support reinforces the fact that the business community wants an experienced leader and successful businessman as the first Senator for District 41 in the North Carolina General Assembly.”



Rusty Wallace is a retired NASCAR race car driver and a former NASCAR Winston Cup Champion, currently a broadcaster on ESPN and a co-host of NASCAR Angels. During his Hall of Fame career Wallace earned a Winston Cup Championship in 1989 and 55 wins throughout his career.

Ray Evernham is best known as the Hendrick Racing crew chief for Jeff Gordon.  During his tenure with Gordon, Evernham earned three championships and 47 wins in 216 starts, including two Daytona 500 victories and the inaugural Brickyard 400. His success earned him crew chief of the decade honors in 2000, and in 2006 Evernham was named the greatest crew chief of all time.

Mayor Jeff Tarte has been endorsed as the best candidate by Sen. Chris Carney of Mooresville and Mecklenburg County School Board members Rhonda Lennon and Tim Morgan. In addition he has earned the support of local Mayors Jill Swain of Huntersville, John Woods of Davidson, Jim Taylor of Matthews, and Miles Austin of Mooresville. He also has been supported by Mayor Pro-tem Paul Bailey Jr. of Matthews, Mayor Pro-tem Lloyd Austin of Mint Hill, Cornelius Commissioner Jon Bradford, Huntersville Commissioners Charles Jeter and Ron Julian, and over 125 other business and community leaders.

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