Politics & Government

Mecklenburg County Commission District 2: Leake wins over Burrell

District 2 incumbent Vilma Leake easily defeated her challenger in Tuesday’s primary to lock down a fourth term on the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.

With 27 of 29 precincts reporting, the retired public school teacher had 80.06 percent of the vote to newcomer Dondhi Burrell’s 19.94 percent.

Leake will run unopposed in the November election.

A former Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board member, Leake has often touted herself as “the hardest working commissioner” in the county. She is well-known, particularly in the northern part of the district, which stretches from the Beatties Ford Road area to Steele Creek in the southwest.

But Burrell campaigned that Leake wasn’t effective and her style of representing the district was outdated. During a get-out-the-vote rally before early voting began in the county, Burrell called Leake a bully after he saw her jab fellow commissioner Pat Cotham in the head.

Leake said the allegation was “a lie,” adding Burrell’s charge “shows he’s desperate for votes.”

Burrell, a part-time funeral director assistant, was in his first political race.