Primary results

Over two million voters turned out for North Carolina’s primary last week, 178,533 of which were in Mecklenburg County.  Mint Hill residents had the opportunity to vote for the Democratic or Republican presidential and gubernatorial candidates, commissioners for District six, the North Carolina State Senator for District 41, and the North Carolina constitutional marriage amendment.
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney won their parties’ nominations.  Romney received 65 percent, Ron Paul had 11 percent, and Santorum had 10.
Walter Dalton and Pat McCrory won their parties’ nominations for governor, with 45 percent and 83 percent, respectively.
Republican Bill James won against Ed Driggs for District 6 County Commissioner candidate. Continue reading


Unofficial Mecklenburg County election results

For a complete list of results click here.


NC GOVERNOR (DEM): Walter H. Dalton






CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT: Against (Statewide the Amendment was FOR)


Voters head to polls May 8 for primary

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. Continue reading


Board meets for preliminary budget hearing

The Mint Hill Board of Commissioners met Monday evening for a preliminary budget meeting. The board heard from Parks and Recreation, the Planning Board, and the police and fire departments.
Parks and Recreation requested various equipment, including a sweeper truck, a water tank which is currently borrowed from the fire department, a straw blower, a stump grinder, though it was said it could be just as effective to pay for that service, and a Bobcat utility vehicle. Parks and Rec is asking for a total of $387,000.
The Planning Board’s budget looks very similar to last year’s. Last year it received $323,360 of the budget, and this year it is asking for $323,961. Costs include vacant positions, a reassignment of a planner to senior planner. A senior planner would be authorized to make decisions and support the department since jobs have been cut on the county level.

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Sue Myrick will not seek another term in Congress

Sue Myrick announced today she will not seek another term representing District 9 in the U.S. Congress. She has represented the 9th District since 1995. Here’s the statement she released on Facebook today:

“After thoughtful discussion with my family, I have decided not to run for another term in Congress. I’m grateful for the privilege of serving you. We have all been blessed by staff members who truly care and delight in helping to solve problems for everyone in the district. Thanks for the trust you have placed in us all these years. We will spend the rest of the year working on the issues that are important to all of you – and I hope to be a positive influence in all our negotiations. I hope you will join me in praying that God will heal our nation. May God bless you and your family.”



Stinson-Wesley appointed to District 6 seat

The Mecklenburg County Schoolboard last week appointed Rev. Amelia Stinson-Wesley╩to fill the District 6 seat left open by Tim Morgan who was elected as an at-large member of the board last year. Stinson-Wesley was one of 12 candidates who wanted the seat . She was sworn in on January 10.
Stinson-Wesley is a United Methodist minister who said in her application, “I am committed to public education. I believe that our schools, particularly our public ones are where basic citizenship is fostered. I am committed to this community and its future; with the impending selection of a new school superintendent, I want to be involved in this community and the decisions that affect my children, our children collectively, and the future for us all.”
A resident of Pineville, Stinson-Wesley founded World Connections for Women in 1998 and serves as its director. She holds a master of divinity from Duke University and a bachelor of arts degree from Meredith College.╩She was also a member of the Mecklenburg County Child Protection team. She was chairperson of the Burke County Task Force on Domestic Violence and a member of the Burke County Child Fatality/Child Protection teams.
Stinson -Wesley was a surprise vote because she was a newcomer to the crowd of familiar faces who wanted to fill the District Six seat for the next two years, including a former schoolboard member. She is also a Democrat, and even though the schoolboard is nonpartisan, it was expected a Republican would be selected to represent the heavily Republican areas south of Hwy. 51.
Stinson-Wesley has worked as a pastor and a missionary in locations around the world like Cambodia, India, Thailand and Australia. Currently, she is the stay-at-home mom of Kyra and Evan.
Her husband is Rev. Thomas Stinson-Wesley who volunteers at Pineville Elementary School and the Upward Basketball Camp and League.
In her application, Stinson-Wesley said, “I would like to see the resources more equitably distributed among the schools in District 6. I’d like to see if we can capture some of the amazing involvement that we have in District 6 and spread that around the district.”