The 2012 primaries are fast approaching.  The last day to return absentee ballots is May 7 at 5 pm, and the primary election is Tuesday, May 8 from 6:30 am – 7:30 pm.  Districts six and 41 are voting for County Commissioner and State Senator.
Residents of Mint Hill have two options for the Mecklenburg County Commissioner: Ed Driggs and incumbent Bill James, both Republicans.  County Commissioners serve two-year terms.
Driggs currently serves as Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee on the Board of Communities and Schools.  He is also a member of the President’s Council at Central Piedmont Community College.
James is currently serving his eighth term as a County Commissioner.  Prior to that he was the Chairman of the City of Charlotte’s Privatization Advisory Committee and member of the County’s Capital Budget Advisory Committee.
The winner of the Republican primary will run against Connie Green-Johnson in the general election.  Green-Johnson is involved in a number of organizations, including the Democratic Women Club, Charlotte Community Relations Committee, League of Women Voters for Mecklenburg County, and State Democratic Executive Committee.
Running for State Senate in District 41 are Republicans John Aneralla, Robby Benton, Donald L. Copeland, Sr., Troy Stafford, and Jeff Tarte.  Incumbent Chris Carney is not running for re-election.  State Senators serve two-year terms.  There are no Democratic primary candidates.
Aneralla earned an MBA in Management at Hofstra University and has been in the financial services industry since.
Benton is a small business owner and lifetime resident of District 41.
Copeland is a Charlotte native and a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill’s Medical School.  He is semi-retired, working as a clinical physician in a county health department.
Stafford was on the board of Mecklenburg County D.A.R.E. and a current member of the board of directors for the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.
Tarte is serving his third term as mayor of Cornelius.
Constituents will also vote for or against Amendment One on the primary ballot.  This amendment would define marriage as a union between only a man and a woman in the North Carolina State Constitution and would ban any other type of civil unions and domestic partnerships.
The ballot will read, “Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”  Vote yes to vote for the amendment, and no to vote against it.
The general election is November 6.