Charlotte Republican Edwin Peacock already is looking past Tuesdays GOP primary.
The former city council member faces David Michael Rice in a primary thats drawn little attention.
Weve 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.
Hes 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 years 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 citys 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 citys 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. Were going to be trying to incorporate it in unincorporated areas.
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