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Peacock stays focused on general mayoral election

By Jim Morrill
jmorrill@charlotteobserver.com
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    Republican mayoral candidate and former city councilman Edwin Peacock III
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    Republican mayoral candidate David Michael Rice

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    Edwin Peacock III

    Age: 43.

    Hometown: Charlotte.

    Family: Wife, Amy; two children.

    Occupation: Financial representative, Northwestern Mutual.

    Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Georgia.

    Politics: At-large member, Charlotte City Council, 2007-2011.

    Community involvement: Arts & Science Council cultural task force; Blumenthal Performing Arts trustee.

    Worth knowing: He’s a member of F3, a hard-core fitness group that meets for early-morning runs and boot camp-style workouts. His nickname: “Owlbait.”

    David Michael Rice

    Age: 64.

    Hometown: Henderson.

    Family: Single, three sons.

    Occupation: Retired warehouse worker.

    Education: Associate degree, Central Piedmont Community College; attended UNC Charlotte.

    Politics: In 2010, he ran for county commissioner and for Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor; ran for City Council in 2011.

    Community involvement: Hosts weekly religious show on cable-access television.

    Worth knowing: The name of his campaign committee is “Ricetown Royal Republic.”



Charlotte Republican Edwin Peacock already is looking past Tuesday’s GOP primary.

The former city council member faces David Michael Rice in a primary that’s drawn little attention.

“We’ve been campaigning for the general from the beginning,” Peacock said.

Peacock, 43, has raised nearly $200,000, more than either of the major Democratic mayoral candidates, Patrick Cannon and James Mitchell.

He’s a former two-term City Council member who was the last Republican to win an at-large seat. He lost a re-election bid in 2011, when Democrats swept the four seats, and ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2012.

During last year’s 9th District GOP primary, he was the only one of 10 candidates to publicly oppose the so-called marriage amendment, which bans gay marriage in North Carolina.

On council, he chaired the Environment Committee. He voted to strengthen the city’s tree ordinance and require developers to keep more green space.

Peacock is running on a platform that includes job creation, “streamlining” government and improving what he calls the city’s partnership with education.

He has voted against the proposed streetcar project and sides with current officials of both parties in opposing the transfer control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport from the city to a new commission.

His opponent is a 64-year-old retiree who has a cable-access TV ministry. Rice has run for office before, most recently in 2011. He calls his political committee “Ricetown Royal Republic.”

Rice says his ultimate goal is to be mayor of a town that bears his name.

“Ricetown is going to be a new municipality,” he says. “We’re going to be trying to incorporate it in unincorporated areas.”

Morrill: 704-358-5059
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