Politics & Government

Howard, Roberts enter Charlotte mayor’s race as filing opens

Nobie Thrasher, a candidate for commissioner in the Town of Matthews and his son, Kaleb Thrasher, 17, were among a mini wave of candidates from Matthews, including Jim Taylor, Matthews mayor who waited outside for the doors to open, were the first to file for re-election at the Mecklenburg County Board of elections Monday, July 6, 2015.
Nobie Thrasher, a candidate for commissioner in the Town of Matthews and his son, Kaleb Thrasher, 17, were among a mini wave of candidates from Matthews, including Jim Taylor, Matthews mayor who waited outside for the doors to open, were the first to file for re-election at the Mecklenburg County Board of elections Monday, July 6, 2015. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte City Council member David Howard and former Mecklenburg County commissioners’ chair Jennifer Roberts entered the race for Charlotte mayor as filing began Monday.

The start of filing traditionally brings a swarm of candidates, media and sign-bearing supporters, but Monday’s 8 a.m. kickoff was low-key, with Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor having the Board of Elections office to himself.

That’s because filing traditionally starts at noon on a Friday, which this year clashed with the Fourth of July holiday. Candidates trickled in throughout the day.

Charlotte’s mayor and City Council members, three at-large members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education and other municipal posts across the county will be chosen Nov. 3.

Roberts and Howard, both Democrats, are expected to challenge incumbent Mayor Dan Clodfelter in the Democratic primary, along with City Council member Michael Barnes. Two Republicans, former council member Edwin Peacock and Scott Stone, also have announced.

In the nonpartisan school board race, Larry Bumgarner, Elyse Dashew, Levester Flowers and Amelia Stinson-Wesley filed Monday. Incumbents Ericka Ellis-Stewart and Mary McCray have said they’ll seek re-election, while Tim Morgan is stepping aside and endorsing Jeremy Stephenson, who has not yet filed.

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Monday’s filings

Filing closes July 17, with primaries for the city of Charlotte on Sept. 15 and the general election Nov. 3. School board and other municipal races are nonpartisan. Track the list of candidates live at http://apps.meckboe.org/CandidatePrint.aspx

Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board

(Three seats, at-large)

Larry Bumgarner, Elyse Dashew, Levester Flowers, Amelia Stinson-Wesley.

Charlotte mayor

Democrats: David Howard, Jennifer Roberts.

Charlotte City Council at large

Democrats: Darrell Bonapart, Billy D. Maddalon, James (Smuggie) Mitchell.

Republicans: David Michael Rice.

Charlotte City Council District 3

Democrats: LaWana Mayfield.

Charlotte City Council District 7

Republicans: Ed Driggs.

Cornelius town board

Denis P. Bilodeau.

Davidson mayor

John M. Woods.

Davidson town board

Stacey Anderson, Jim Fuller, Brian Jenest.

Huntersville mayor

John Aneralla.

Matthews mayor

James P. (Jim) Taylor.

Matthews town board

John F. Higdon, Nobie K. Thrasher, John R. Urban, Larry Whitley.

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