STEELE CREEK NEWS
Vote Early at
Steele Creek Library
(October 23, 2005) The
General Election for Charlotte Mayor, Charlotte City
Council, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board district
representatives as well as several bond referendums is November 8, but you can vote early at the Steele
Creek Library. No Excuse Early voting begins on Monday October 24
and continues until Saturday, November 4 at Steele Creek
and several other libraries. Voters can go to any location
regardless of their registered precinct.
Here is a rundown of
Incumbent Rebublican Pat McCrory faces Democrat Craig Madans.
Council At-Large: Democrats Darrell Bonapart, Susan Burgess, David Erdman, and Anthony Fox face Republicans John Lassiter, Pat Mumford, John Tabor, and Lynn Wheeler
for the four at-large seats.
City Council Districts: Seven district seats will be filled. All
parts of Steele Creek within the Charlotte city limits are
within District 3, where incumbent Democrat Warren Turner faces
no Republican opposition and will again be the District 3
for no-excuse, in-person early voting:
City, South County, Independence, Main, West Boulevard,
Steele Creek, Morrison, Beatties Ford Road, North County,
Plaza Midwood, and Central Piedmont Community College libraries, 11
a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays Oct. 24-Nov. 4 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on
Saturdays Oct. 29 and Nov. 4.
and West Boulevard libraries, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Sunday
School Board: Six
district seats will be filled in non-partisan elections. Four
candidates are running the the District 2 Primary. District 2
includes all of Steele Creek. Primary candidates are Mukul Datta,
Donna Jenkins Dawson, Sheila Ann Johnson, and incumbent Vilma D.
Also on the
November 8 ballot will be four bond issues totaling $554 million.
These are $427 million for school facilities, the
largest in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools history, $66 million for
land purchase, $14.5 million for law enforcement facilities, and
$46.5 for community college facilities.
Over half of the
school bond money, $217 million, would go towards building 10 new
schools that are needed to relieve overcrowding. One of these 10 is
the new Dixie River Road elementary school in the Berewick
Development, which would open in 2009. Currently Lake Wylie
Elementary School is at 200% capacity, and Steele Creek Elementary
is at 185% capacity. Next year the new Winget Park elementary school
will open and offer relief to Lake Wylie, but Steele Creek will
remain highly overcrowded. If the school bonds do not pass, the new
Dixie River Road school will not be built as scheduled.
As reported by the
Wylie Pilot, approximately $20 million of the $66 million of
the bond package for land acquisition will go towards purchasing
land near Mountain Island Lake. This land would be protected from
development and thus help maintain water quality in Mountain Island
Lake as well as Lake Wylie downstream. See the story
Mecklenburg vote could effect Lake Wylie water.
September Primary, 2377 voters took advantage of the Early Voting
opportunity, but only 83 of these voted at the Steele Creek Library.
Early Voting offers a quick and easy way to vote at a time
convenient to you. Please take advantage of it.
information on the fall's primary and general elections, visit the
Mecklenburg County Board of Elections web site.