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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    "Coach" Joe White talks with T.J. Jackson, with the NC Republican party, at the Mallard Creek Barbecue. On Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 politics and pork were stirred together like Brunswick stew at the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. The event brought thousands of people to the yearly right of passage where citizens not only can get their hands on a great slaw and pulled pork sandwich but also their local politicians who come out in force to campaign for election.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Larry Shannon, a former Republican candidate, introduces Patrick Cannon, a Democrat and current candidate for Charlotte mayor to Shannon's boxer, Bo, at the Mallard Creek Barbecue. Shannon says he's a supporter of Cannon. On Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 politics and pork were stirred together like Brunswick stew at the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. The event brought thousands of people to the yearly right of passage where citizens not only can get their hands on a great slaw and pulled pork sandwich but also their local politicians who come out in force to campaign for election.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Greg Amick (left) talks with Edwin Peacock, a Republican candidate for Charlotte mayor at the Mallard Creek Barbecue. On Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 politics and pork were stirred together like Brunswick stew at the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. The event brought thousands of people to the yearly right of passage where citizens not only can get their hands on a great slaw and pulled pork sandwich but also their local politicians who come out in force to campaign for election.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Rev. Mark Harris, a Republican candidate for the Senate, talks to citizens as they file past at the Mallard Creek Barbecue. On Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 politics and pork were stirred together like Brunswick stew at the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. The event brought thousands of people to the yearly right of passage where citizens not only can get their hands on a great slaw and pulled pork sandwich but also their local politicians who come out in force to campaign for election.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Candidates, Joyce Waddell, running for the school board and Wayne Goodwin, who is running for re-election as the insurance commissioner greet potential voters at the Mallard Creek Barbecue. On Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 politics and pork were stirred together like Brunswick stew at the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. The event brought thousands of people to the yearly right of passage where citizens not only can get their hands on a great slaw and pulled pork sandwich but also their local politicians who come out in force to campaign for election.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    From left: Jaret Ohler, 13, laughs along with Rosie Oehler and Braden Wallace, 10 at Rosie's knitted pig that was made to cover her amputation by friend Nina Brown. Oehler, who lost a portion of her right leg to an arterial disease, remains in high spirits and says her friend has made several holiday themed coverings for her leg. On Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 politics and pork were stirred together like Brunswick stew at the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. The event brought thousands of people to the yearly right of passage where citizens not only can get their hands on a great slaw and pulled pork sandwich but also their local politicians who come out in force to campaign for election.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    On Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 politics and pork were stirred together like Brunswick stew at the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. The event brought thousands of people to the yearly right of passage where citizens not only can get their hands on a great slaw and pulled pork sandwich but also their local politicians who come out in force to campaign for election.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Michael Reinhout, of Charlotte, chows down on his pork sandwich at the Mallard Creek Barbecue. On Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 politics and pork were stirred together like Brunswick stew at the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. The event brought thousands of people to the yearly right of passage where citizens not only can get their hands on a great slaw and pulled pork sandwich but also their local politicians who come out in force to campaign for election.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    People begin to file through and shake hands with politicians at the Mallard Creek Barbecue. On Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 politics and pork were stirred together like Brunswick stew at the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. The event brought thousands of people to the yearly right of passage where citizens not only can get their hands on a great slaw and pulled pork sandwich but also their local politicians who come out in force to campaign for election.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Congressman Robert Pittenger greets a potential voter at the Mallard Creek Barbecue. On Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 politics and pork were stirred together like Brunswick stew at the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. The event brought thousands of people to the yearly right of passage where citizens not only can get their hands on a great slaw and pulled pork sandwich but also their local politicians who come out in force to campaign for election.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Name tags of deceased Oehler family members and other longtime workers at the Mallard Creek Barbecue are honored and adorn the entrance where walk up food orders are taken. On Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 politics and pork were stirred together like Brunswick stew at the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. The event brought thousands of people to the yearly right of passage where citizens not only can get their hands on a great slaw and pulled pork sandwich but also their local politicians who come out in force to campaign for election.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    (from left) Theadora Samuel, Allison Ball, Drema Gaiten and Betty Staton stir Brunswick stew at the Mallard Creek Barbecue. On Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 politics and pork were stirred together like Brunswick stew at the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. The event brought thousands of people to the yearly right of passage where citizens not only can get their hands on a great slaw and pulled pork sandwich but also their local politicians who come out in force to campaign for election.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Brunswick stew, one of the favorite items at the Mallard Creek Barbecue is made and stirred in pot after pot with long wooden paddles. On Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 politics and pork were stirred together like Brunswick stew at the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. The event brought thousands of people to the yearly right of passage where citizens not only can get their hands on a great slaw and pulled pork sandwich but also their local politicians who come out in force to campaign for election.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Steam rises from a pulled pork sandwich, topped with cole slaw, freshly made by Michel Lapalombella. On Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 politics and pork were stirred together like Brunswick stew at the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. The event brought thousands of people to the yearly right of passage where citizens not only can get their hands on a great slaw and pulled pork sandwich but also their local politicians who come out in force to campaign for election.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Five-year-old Jackson Oehler, nearly engulfed with steam, takes the temperature of pork being warmed before serving. On Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 politics and pork were stirred together like Brunswick stew at the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. The event brought thousands of people to the yearly right of passage where citizens not only can get their hands on a great slaw and pulled pork sandwich but also their local politicians who come out in force to campaign for election.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Cars line up in the drive through lanes at the Mallard Creek Barbecue while other folks line up to talk to and to shake hands with politicians of all stripes. On Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 politics and pork were stirred together like Brunswick stew at the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. The event brought thousands of people to the yearly right of passage where citizens not only can get their hands on a great slaw and pulled pork sandwich but also their local politicians who come out in force to campaign for election.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Belinda Crowell, who worked for seven Charlotte mayors talks with former mayor Richard Vinroot and Vi Alexander Lyles who is running for an at-large city council seat. On Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 politics and pork were stirred together like Brunswick stew at the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. The event brought thousands of people to the yearly right of passage where citizens not only can get their hands on a great slaw and pulled pork sandwich but also their local politicians who come out in force to campaign for election.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Lynn Davidson greeted customers and took their food orders at the Mallard Creek Barbecue. On Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 politics and pork were stirred together like Brunswick stew at the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. The event brought thousands of people to the yearly right of passage where citizens not only can get their hands on a great slaw and pulled pork sandwich but also their local politicians who come out in force to campaign for election.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Stacks of Brunswick stew and cole slaw sit waiting to fill orders at the Mallard Creek Barbecue. On Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 politics and pork were stirred together like Brunswick stew at the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. The event brought thousands of people to the yearly right of passage where citizens not only can get their hands on a great slaw and pulled pork sandwich but also their local politicians who come out in force to campaign for election.
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    JOHN D. SIMMONS - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Eight-month-old Meridy Brown, of Jefferson, NC came to her first Mallard Creek Barbecue Thursday. On Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 politics and pork were stirred together like Brunswick stew at the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue. The event brought thousands of people to the yearly right of passage where citizens not only can get their hands on a great slaw and pulled pork sandwich but also their local politicians who come out in force to campaign for election.
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