Former state Sen. Malcolm Graham, one of six Democrats challenging U.S. Rep. Alma Adams in the June 7 primary, is taking a swipe at the incumbent’s recent move to Charlotte.
“Hello, Mecklenburg County voters. Remember this phrase: ‘A house is not a home.’ On June 7, you have a choice,” the ad says. “Cast your vote for the candidate who has lived and worked here for three decades or for someone who’s just now moving in from 100 miles away.”
The 12th Congressional District used to stretch up Interstate 85 from Charlotte to Durham. The redrawn district is now entirely in Mecklenburg County.
That left Adams, who has lived most of her life in Greensboro, scrambling to find a home in Charlotte. Adams moved to Charlotte’s Fourth Ward last month and changed her voter registration.
The Graham ad points to his service as a Charlotte City Council member and state senator and his advocacy for Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the city’s light-rail line and other issues.
Adams has touted her move and said she had already been successful in lobbying for the city in Washington on issues such as transit and education.
“We’ve been able to deliver for Charlotte,” she said at a candidates’ forum last week.