Tickets required for Biden event

Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden will hold a “community gathering” at a west Charlotte school Sunday after attending a fundraiser in south Charlotte.

Biden will speak at 6:30 p.m. at Phillip O. Berry Academy, 1430 Alleghany St. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Biden also is scheduled to attend a 4 p.m. fundraiser at the south Charlotte home of former Springs Global CEO Crandall Bowles. She was a strong supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton as was the fundraiser's co-chair, Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem Susan Burgess.

Supporters are paying $1,000 to $15,000 to attend.

Tickets are required to see Sen. Joe Biden Sunday night at Charlotte's Phillip O. Berry Academy.

The Democratic vice presidential nominee is scheduled to hold a "community gathering" at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are available until 9.m. tonight. You can get them at the Obama campaign's Charlotte office at 1523 Elizabeth Ave., or in Gastonia at 1626 E. Franklin Blvd.

Importance of N.C.

Barack Obama's campaign manager, David Plouffe, said Friday that North Carolina and Virginia remain important battlegrounds.

He said voter registration efforts as well as a campaign to knock on 100,000 doors by the end of September will keep the race competitive through the fall.

“We believe North Carolina is absolutely going to be a dead heat now and as we get to the close,” he said in a conference call with reporters from the two states.

2 Meck races uncontested

Two Mecklenburg County lawmakers have gotten a free pass to re-election.

Republican challengers to Democratic state Reps. Becky Carney and Martha Alexander have dropped out, according to the county elections board.

Though Alexander's GOP opponent pulled out before ballots were printed, Carney's did not. Gregory Patrick Hill just notified elections officials that he's moved out of the district. So his name will appear on the ballot in District 102.

Should he win, officials say, he'll be ineligible to serve.

Candidates' fish fry

Want to see some local candidates?

Check out the Charlotte Regional Realtor Association annual candidate fish fry Thursday. It starts at 5 p.m. at 1201 Greenwood Cliff, Charlotte.

Sorority forum

The Charlotte chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority are sponsoring a candidate forum Oct. 2 in Ivy Hall, 2613 Hutchinson McDonald Road.

State and local candidates have been invited to the 7 p.m. event. For questions, call Yvonne Pettis at 704-536-9801.