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Race on in 12th District
Campaign promises to be long, expensive
 
Published Thursday, January 2, 2014 8:17 am
by Herbert L. White

The race to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Mel Watt promises to be a long and expensive one.

Six candidates are already declared among Democrats, including four from Charlotte: N.C. Sen. Malcolm Graham, former Charlotte city council member James Mitchell, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools counsel George Battle III and attorney Curtis Osborne. 

Watt will resign from the House on Jan. 6 to take over as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which will necessitate a special election to fill the remainder of his term. N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory hasn’t indicated when he’ll call for one, but if it is before the May primary, it’ll cost elections boards at least $40,000 to put it on.  

The survivor would then have to gear up for November against what’s likely to be token Republican opposition.

Guilford, Davidson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Rowan, and Forsyth Counties are part of the 12th district.

On the fundraising front, N.C. Rep. Marcus Brandon of High Point is in front, having raised more than $143,000 for the campaign through the third quarter, the most recent filing period. He also picked up the endorsement of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund. Brandon is N.C.’s only openly gay legislator.

N.C. Rep. Alma Adams of Greensboro also picked up endorsements last month from the North Carolina Association of Educators and Emily’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics.  

Adams, a retired educator, is a former member of the city’s school board, where she was the first black woman elected to the panel. She also was elected to Greensboro City Council and is in her 11th term in the General Assembly. 

“NCAE has named Rep. Adams as an A-plus legislator because of her dedication and commitment to public education in this state,” NCAE Vice President Mark Jewell said in a statement. “Her voting record as a pro-public education legislator speaks volumes; she has consistently displayed a deep concern for not only for the students of North Carolina, but for public school employees as well. “

 “I am very excited and honored to receive the endorsement from educators,” Adams said. “The NCAE and I share the same values.  We are committed to improving our public education system, giving teachers the resources they need to do their job, and providing quality education for our students.” 

NCAE represents  active, retired and student teachers across the state.

 

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