The Mecklenburg County Democratic Party will hold a special election next week to name a new person to represent district 3 on the board of county commissioners, officials announced this afternoon.
The election is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20 in room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St. Registration starts an hour earlier. Voting will be open those members of the county Democratic Party's executive committee who live in district 3, which includes central, east and north Charlotte neighborhoods.
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The county party is searching for someone to fill the seat of County Commissioner Valerie Woodard, who died earlier this month. Woodard had served on the county board since 2002 and was running unopposed in the Nov. 4 election for a fourth term.
The county party will elect someone to serve the remaining two months of Woodard's current term, as well as someone for the 2008-2010 term. In a news release, the county party said party members can choose two individuals for the vacancies, or have the same person serve not only the rest of the current term, but the following two-year term.
The party said potential candidates must be registered Democrats who live in District 3, and must be nominated by an eligible voter in the special election. But anyone who sits on the county's executive committee can nominate him- or herself.
Anyone interested in running for the open seats are encouraged to contact the county party at 704-525-5843 or firstname.lastname@example.org.