In brief truce, rival candidates will stop campaigning and start building

Rival candidates will observe an unusual truce next week in their election battles.

They’ll take part in what Habitat Charlotte is calling its first Bipartisan Build.

More than two dozen candidates are expected to work on a house in west Charlotte Wednesday afternoon. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., they’ll put up drywall in a home under construction off West Boulevard.

Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready, opponents in the 9th Congressional District, plan to be there.

So will Republican Rep. John Bradford and Democrat Christy Clark from House District 98 in north Mecklenburg, GOP Rep. Bill Brawley and Democrat Rachel Hunt from House District 103 in southeast Mecklenburg, and Democrat Susan Harden and incumbent Republican Matthew Ridenhour from District 5 on the board of county commissioners.

Other candidates expected to show up include Democratic Reps. John Autry and Mary Belk and Democratic commissioners Pat Cotham, Trevor Fuller and Ella Scarborough.

For at least two hours, the candidates will stop drilling each other and drill dry wall instead.

Habitat spokesman Phil Prince said the organization wants all candidates to get a message.

“The need for affordable housing is a critical issue that all candidates, regardless of party affiliation, agree is of highest priority,” he said in a statement. “Affordable home ownership in particular can stabilize low-income families, provide opportunity to build equity, and can literally break the cycle of generational poverty.”

Jim Morrill, 704-358-5059; @jimmorrill