Jeremy Stephenson, a southeast Charlotte lawyer making his first bid for public office, became the fifth person to file for an at-large seat on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board Tuesday.
Stephenson is the first Republican to enter the race (read about the four who filed Monday here), and his list of endorsements includes two state representatives, a Charlotte city council member and two Mecklenburg County commissioners – all Republican. He’s also supported by at-large school board member Tim Morgan, who’s says he’s not running, and district members Rhonda Lennon, Eric Davis and Paul Bailey. Davis is unaffiliated while the other three are GOP.
I got to know Stephenson in 2012, when he was pushing for his Crown Colony neighborhood to be rezoned from East Meck to Providence High. He’s entering the race as a much broader look at student assignment is in the works.
Find out more about Stephenson at http://stephensonforschoolboard.com; on Twitter he’s @Stephenson_CMS.
As I noted yesterday, I’m not trying to give the definitive look at candidates as they file to run in the Nov. 3 election, where the top three will get seats on the nine-member board. I’m open to ideas on the best ways to help voters figure out what they need to know about what could be a long list of candidates.
Filing continues through July 17; track it live here.