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First-time candidate Stephenson joins CMS board race

Jeremy Stephenson filed Tuesday to make his first run for the CMS school board.
Jeremy Stephenson filed Tuesday to make his first run for the CMS school board.

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.

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Twitter: @anndosshelms.

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