Charlotte City Council member John Autry won the Democratic primary for N.C. House District 100 and is expected to take the seat since there is no Republican opponent.
With all precincts in, Autry had 53 percent of the early vote, compared with 47 percent for Billy Maddalon, a small business owner who also briefly served as a council member in 2013.
Autry will replace Tricia Cotham, who has held the east Charlotte seat since 2007.
Autry has been a council member since 2011. He is an advocate for mass transit, and a key part of his platform is to restore more power to municipalities, rather than the Republican-controlled General Assembly.
Maddalon was appointed to fill Patsy Kinsey’s council seat after she was appointed mayor three years ago.
“We ran a good campaign, we did everything we needed to do,” said Autry. “When I talked to voters, I felt like I connected with them.”
Autry said Maddalon spent heavily on direct mail, but Autry said he doesn’t have enough money to loan his campaign money.
“That takes a lot of dough,” Autry said about direct mail.
In an other competitive local House race, Scott Stone defeated Tim Morgan in the Republican primary.
Stone, a business owner who hasn’t held elected office, had 52 percent. Morgan, a former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board member, had 48 percent of the early vote.
Stone, president of American Engineering, ran twice for mayor, in 2011 and 2015. The winner will face Democrat Connie Green-Johnson, who didn’t have an opponent in the primary.
House District 105 runs through southern Mecklenburg, from Pineville to Matthews.