Archive | Election 2011 2011 Voters Guide


Voters within the Cornelius town limits on Tuesday will elect a new 5-person Town Board from among six candidates. Mayor Jeff Tarte is running unopposed for a third term.

Below, we link you to profiles of the six town board candidates and the mayor.

On Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the following polling stations for Cornelius voters:

  • Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.
  • Jetton Park – Waterfront Hall, 19000 Jetton Rd.
  • Community in Christ Lutheran Church – fellowship hall, 7621 Norman Island Dr.
  • Bethel Presbyterian Church – multipurpose room, 19920 Bethel Church Rd.

More information about the election on the Mecklenburg Board of Elections website,

Vote Early

This Saturday, Nov. 5, is the final day of early voting. Cast your vote between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at one of the locations listed here.

Candidate profiles

Here’s’s official guide to the town board race on this year’s ballot. Click on any name below to read our profile of the candidate.

For Mayor:

Jeff Tarte

For Commissioner:

John Bradford

Dave Gilroy

Jeff Hare

Lynette Rinker

Thurman Ross

Chuck Travis

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Town Board candidate profile: John Bradford

John Bradford

Residence: Captain’s Point

Age: 37

Family: Wife, Shea; son, Jack, 8; daughter, Molly, 6; and twin daughters, Sophie and Macy, 4.

Career: Owner, Park Avenue Properties in Cornelius

Education: Engineering Degree from Clemson University and MBA from the University of Memphis’ Executive MBA program

Lived in Cornelius: 9 years

Civic involvement: PARC Commissioner; Board of Directors, Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce; Den Leader, Davidson Cub Scout Pack 58; Board of Directors, National Association of Residential Property Managers; Member, Entrepreneurs’ Organization; Member, National Association of Realtors; Member, St. Mark’s Catholic Church; President, University of Memphis Alumni Club; Vice President, Zeta Alpha Pi Kappa Phi Housing Corporation

Does for fun: Fishing, especially salt water

Favorite movie: Top Gun

Found on his iPod: Darius Rucker



John Bradford has invested a lot in the community – he owns a business here and a home here, where he lives with his wife and four children. Seeking his first term on the town board, he wants to protect that investment and give back to his community.

“What a better champion to have a voice than somebody that is eating it, breathing it, doing it?” he said.

While Mr. Bradford will be the first to say he has a lot to learn about the inner workings of town government, his history suggests he’ll prove a quick student. Read the full story

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Town Board candidate profile: Jeff Hare

Jeff Hare

Residence: Sail View Drive, on the Peninsula

Age: 45

Family: Wife Jackie; sons Davis, 13, and Connor, 11; and daughter, Sydney, 9

Career: Owner of the Cornelius investment management and business advisory company Windward Capital since 2009; more than 20 years experience in international and domestic finance

Education: B.A. in Economics from the Whittemore School at the University of New Hampshire; Master of International Management degree from Thunderbird (top-ranked international business MBA program)

Lived in Cornelius: 10 years

Civic involvement: Has coached basketball and football in Cornelius and Davidson for the last 7 years with the YMCA, PARC department and Community School of Davidson; YMCA guide

Does for fun: A triathlete, Jeff enjoys cycling and running, and has competed in an ironman

Favorite movie: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, anything with Clint Eastwood or Sean Connery

Found on his iPod: Instrumental music


A 10-year Cornelius resident, father of three and local business owner, Jeff Hare seeks his first term as town commissioner. He brings to the board more than 20 years of experience in investment management, and said it is crucial to think long-term when considering investments for the town.

That ability to think long-term is necessary in current discussions around the Red Line rail project, he said. The project in recent months has gained momentum, and towns are being asked within the next year to consider supporting the project as an economic development opportunity. Read the full story

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Town Board candidate profile: Dave Gilroy

Dave Gilroy

Residence: Torrence Chapel Road

Age: 45

Family: Wife, Dee; and daughters Shannon, Blythe, Ava and Devin; furry family members, Captain the German Shepherd and Ginger the cat

Career: Managing Director and Founder of Scale Finance, LLC, providing CFO & Controller Services and Transactions Support for entrepreneurial companies

Education: Bachelors of Science and Engineering in Civil Engineering from Princeton University, MBA from Harvard Business School

Lived in Cornelius: 12 years

Civic involvement: Cornelius Commissioner for 6 years; Vice Chairman, Economic Development Corporation; Board member, 911 Emergency Dispatch Center; Member, Land Development Code Committee; Member, Growth Management Committee; Member, Planning Board; Youth Sports Coach in basketball, baseball, football and soccer for 8 years – and more than 30 seasons – with the YMCA; Member, St. Mark Catholic Church

Does for fun: He likes to work out, loves reading and spending time on the dock.

Favorite movie: Platoon

Found on his iPod: He prefers listening to Pandora channels, including the Eagles, indy, and country music


A finance professional and Cornelius resident for more than a decade, Dave Gilroy brings to the board a measure of what he calls “common sense, small-town conservatism” he believes is needed in town governments’ decision making. He seeks his third term.

When he joined the Planning Board about 10 years ago, he got to see the town budget first-hand. At the time, costs were increasing 9 percent annually on average, he said, and he decided he needed to seek a position that would allow him to vote on budget decisions. Read the full story

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Town Board candidate profile: Lynette Rinker

Lynette Rinker

Residence: Willow Pond

Age: 54

Family: Husband, Mark; daughters, Casey and Tori; son, David, and one granddaughter

Career: Business manager at Isaacs & Associates Architects, a Cornelius architectural firm; previously Director of Budgets for Facilities Planning at the University of South Carolina.

Education: B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in business and history, University of South Carolina

Lived in Cornelius: 16 years

Civic involvement: Mayor Pro tem on Cornelius Board of Commissioners; member, Planning Board; member, Transportation Advisory Board; member, Land Development Code Advisory Committee; member, Growth Management Committee; volunteer and living donor, the Kidney Foundation and Lifeshare of the Carolinas, active in benefits for Levine Children’s Hospital.

Does for fun: Do NOT interrupt her morning news shows. A perfect Sunday (after the morning news shows) would be watching the NFL pregame show and then catching the kickoff for Panthers football. And maybe a crossword or two thrown in there.

Favorite movie: Young Guns, One Fine Day

Found on her iPod: Beach music


As a leader, Mayor Pro Tem Lynette Rinker lives by the words her late father-in-law and mentor:

“Never bring me a problem, bring me a solution.”

While in her twenties, she worked for him as director of budgets for facilities planning at the University of South Carolina. Many aspects of that job – budgets, finance, design and planing – are very similar to those she works with every day as town commissioner, she said.

“I was practically running a city of 25,000 before I was 30,” she said. “And no two days were the same.”

Solutions-oriented, Commissioner Rinker rarely takes “no” for an answer, and is always seeking new ways to accomplish goals, she said.

“There is nothing I won’t try,” she said. Read the full story

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