|Women rule at the ballot box|
|From Congress to commissioners, good primary results|
|Published Wednesday, May 7, 2014 8:49 am|
Women flexed their political muscles in Charlotte-area primary races.
Democrats boosted women to impressive wins in the 12th Congressional District and pulled off dominant upsets in N.C. Senate District 40 and Mecklenburg County commissioners at large races, outdistancing male candidates along the way.
N.C. Rep. Alma Adams of Greensboro pulled away to an easy victory in the 12th Congressional District in two races – one to complete former representative Mel Watt’s term through the end of this year and the other for a two-year term starting next year. Adams, the only woman in the six-candidate field, cleared the 40 percent vote threshold to avoid a runoff, earning 43.6 percent of the vote for the unexpired term, and 43.6 percent of the vote for the full term. N.C. Sen. Malcolm Graham of Charlotte finished second with 23.9 percent of ballots cast.
“I want to go to Congress to be a voice for the working families of the 12th District — and I’ll be working every single day from now until November 4 to make sure that all we’ve accomplished thus far does not go to waste,” Adams said in a statement.
Adams converted her superior fundraising effort into a dynamic voter engagement campaign outside Mecklenburg County. She got a major boost from organized labor, teachers groups and EMILY’s List, a pro-choice advocacy group that helped fund her campaign and sent in mailers to district voters.
In Mecklenburg, former Charlotte City Council member Ella Scarborough finished first in the Democratic at-large race, marking a comeback from more than a decade away from elected office. Incumbent freshmen Pat Cotham and Trevor Fuller finished second and third, respectively, but incumbent Kim Ratliff finished last in the five-candidate field.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board member Joyce Waddell earned the Democratic nomination for state Senate District 40 with a convincing win against a field of four men that included former City Council member Nasif Majeed. Waddell will replace Graham, who vacated the seat to run for Congress.
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