As the Mint Hill Times has reported since 2008, former unaffiliated Dist. 103 candidate Mark Brody is challenging the way North Carolina allows third parties access to ballots. In 2008, Brody collected signatures of 4 percent of registered voters so he could run as an unaffiliated candidate. He became the only state-wide unaffiliated candidate to get on a ballot in more than a century, eventually losing to Jim Gulley. This time, Brody took his case to the courts. He filed a lawsuit on February 11 and was told to expect a response by March 11.

“This lawsuit is going to catch them by surprise,” Brody said.