Although Democrats narrowly outnumber Republicans in the district, Jeter beat Bradford with 51.4 percent of the vote in 2012.
Jeter, a 41-year-old former Huntersville town commissioner, said he introduced at least 25 pieces of legislation and co-sponsored dozens of other measures in the General Assembly.
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He said he fulfilled his campaign promise to push for transportation reform and protect natural resources, and cited his selection by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research as one of the most effective freshman House members. He was one of only two Republicans endorsed recently by the N.C. League of Conservation Voters.
Jeter also said he was the only freshman chosen to chair a committee – the House Ways and Means Committee.
He said he will work to ensure consistency in how state transportation funds are spent, help develop a better teacher compensation system, and pursue economic policies “that ensure that everyone who wants to work, can.”
Bradford, 51, is a self-described grassroots activist who said she has held many roles on political campaigns since 1978.
Her most recent position was as chair of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party, where she said she raised enough money to get the party out of debt.
Regarding her campaign, however, Bradford paid a $1,750 fine to the state Board of Elections in July, a day after elections officials referred her case to the state attorney general. The fine stemmed from missing campaign reporting deadlines from her 2012 race.
Bradford has blamed her former treasurer for failing to file the documents. In a letter to the state board, the treasurer took responsibility for being late but accused Bradford of not being truthful and failing to provide the information needed for complete finance reports, the Observer has reported.
As a representative, Bradford said, one of her goals would be to restore North Carolina as a “progressive state.” The state’s ranking for teacher pay “is horrible and embarrassing,” she said. “We are on the national news for our ‘regressive government.’ North Carolina is better than that, and we need better representation, and I am that representative.”
In Raleigh, she said, she would focus on education, health care/women’s rights, the environment, jobs and repealing what she called the state’s new “voter suppression laws.”
She also wants to bring greater awareness to the issue of tolls roads, after public outcry over planned Interstate 77 toll lanes from Charlotte to Mooresville. “Who is truly benefiting from this deal?” she asked.