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Our endorsements for March 3 Democratic primary
County commissioners, Toole for Lt. Gov
Published Monday, February 17, 2020 5:06 pm
by The Charlotte Post Editorial Board

North Carolina's Democratic and Republican primary elections are March 3.

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Every election cycle is important, but the March 3 primary will set the stage for what’s sure to be a hotly contested race that fundamentally sets the political and social path for North Carolina and the United States. It’s no small thing that every voter takes seriously the stakes involved and carefully consider all positions before casting a ballot.

We’re offering endorsements after analyzing candidates’ positions on the issues as well as incumbents’ voting record and policy positions. Because the Democrats are all over the ideological spectrum, we’re focused on those primary races, starting with Council of State and Mecklenburg Council. In the next installment, we’ll make congressional and presidential endorsements.

Lieutenant governor
Historically a nearly invisible position, lieutenant governor is nonetheless on the ballot as a part of the Council of State. Although the list of contenders is lacking in name recognition, we recommend Bill Toole, an environmental lawyer who is campaigning on more progressive policies from climate change to cannabis control. In a time when the state seems stuck in neutral if not reverting to the 1960s on matters of public policy and justice reform, we’re past time for a different voice to effect change.

State treasurer
Charlotte City Council member Dimple Ajmera is on the ballot, and we’re endorsing her, not because of her local ties, but because of her qualifications to handle North Carolina’s money through taxpayer protections and the push for affordable health care. As trustee of $100 billion in pension funds and $3 billion in the state employee health care plan, the state treasurer is entrusted with our economic wellbeing. We believe Miss Ajmera, a CPA who was responsible for how Charlotte spent millions of dollars as a City Council member, is more than capable of making it work.

House District 102
Becky Carney is the longest-serving member of the Mecklenburg County delegation, and we endorse her remaining a vibrant voice for Charlotte. Mrs. Carney, who has been a state representative since 2002, is vice chair of the House Transportation Committee as well as a member of the Finance, Ethics, Health and Banking committees. With transportation issues facing Charlotte, her role on the transportation panel is especially key with acquiring funding to help the region navigate those challenges.

Although there are young challengers with potential running in the Democratic primary, we are enthusiastic about Mrs. Carney’s service in the future.

Senate District 38
Mujtaba Mohammed has settled in nicely as the district’s senator, bringing a fresher perspective to serving the interests of his constituents. Mr. Muhammad, an attorney by profession, has pushed for better school funding to close achievement gaps as well as Medicaid expansion, which has been held up by partisan sniping between the Republican-leaning General Assembly and Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat.

As a first-term incumbent, we’re impressed by Mr. Muhammad’s grassroots approach to issues and believe he’s deserving of another.

Mecklenburg County commissioners at large
We endorse the trio of Pat Cotham, Ella Scarborough and Ray McKinnon. Cotham and Scarborough are incumbents who bring plenty of experience to the job. Both have chaired the panel and fierce advocates for addressing Mecklenburg’s health- and human services needs, which in a growing county will continue to demand solutions. Miss Cotham is a uniquely engaging elected official who is always open to engaging constituents across the county to learn more about their concerns. We like that.

Mr. McKinnon is a relative newcomer, but he’s made a name for himself as a passionate force for lifting people to a better life. As a pastor, official with the South Tryon Community Development Corporation and commissioner with INLIVIAN (formerly Charlotte Housing Authority), he’s a committed community servant and worthy of voters’ support.

County commissioners District 3
Incumbent George Dunlap is hands down the best choice in this race. Mr. Dunlap, who chairs the board, has been a longtime public servant who has demonstrated the moderate tone that dominates Mecklenburg’s political thought, and we see no reason to change a capable leader.

Next: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate and POTUS.



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