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Early Voting Begins September 19 at Steele Creek Library

(September 9, 2005) The Primary Election for Charlotte Mayor, Charlotte City Council, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board district representatives is September 27, but you can vote early at the Steele Creek Library. No Excuse Early voting begins on Monday September 19 and continues until Saturday, September 24 at Steele Creek and seven other libraries. You can vote now at the Board of Elections Office at 741 Kenilworth Avenue. (See schedule below.)

The General Election is November 8. Here is a rundown of the offices:

Mayor: Incumbent Pat McCrory faces Martin Davis in the Republican Primary. The winner will meet Democrat Craig Madans in the General Election.

City Council At-Large: Five candidates are running in the Democratic Primary for the four available seats: Raphael Basisa, Darrell Bonapart, Susan Burgess, David Erdman, and Anthony Fox. They will face the four Republican candidates (John Lassiter, Pat Mumford, John Tabor, and Lynn Wheeler) in the General Election.


Locations, times for no-excuse, in-person early voting:

University City, South County, Independence, Main, West Boulevard, Steele Creek, Morrison and Beatties Ford Road libraries, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 19-23 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 24.

Board of Elections office, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays Sept. 8 to 23, and 10 a.m.--1 p.m. Sept. 24.

City Council Districts: Seven district seats will be filled this fall. All parts of Steele Creek within the Charlotte city limits are within District 3, where incumbent Warren Turner faces opposition in the Democratic Primary from Joel D. Ford. There is no Republican Primary, so the winner of the Democratic Primary will be the District 3 representative.

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. Leake.

The League of Women Voters has organized debates for the Charlotte City Council races. These will air beginning at 3:00 pm on Sunday September 11 on WTVI, and will be repeated on Government Cable Channel 16 on September 15 at 9 am, September 16 at 7 pm, September 19 at 9 pm, September 23 at 6 pm, and September 26 at 9 am,

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.

As reported by the Lake 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.

For more information on the fall's primary and general elections, visit the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections web site.

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