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

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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.”

 

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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.”

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Meet the candidates for Mint Hill Mayor

Mint Hill will vote for a mayor again on November 8. There are two candidates—present mayor Ted Biggers and local business owner,  Jean Bonner. A mayor sets the pace for the board and presides over meetings. The mayor also cast votes if there is a tie between the commissioners. Continue reading

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Tim Morgan officially announces at-large bid

 

 

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Tim Morgan will challenge for one of the three at-large seats on the board of education. Photo by Tim Long

 

Tim Morgan officially announced last Thursday that he will run for an at-large seat on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Board of Education. Morgan has served two years on the board for District 6 which comprises Mint Hill, Matthews and South Charlotte.
Morgan, a graduate of Independence High School, said that if he wins, it could be a win-win for the southeastern portions of Mecklenburg County. That’s because the board would have to appoint someone to take over the District 6 seat he currently occupies, giving Mint Hill and the rest of the southeastern Mecklenburg County two representatives on the board of education.
A crowd of reporters, Morgan’s family, and supporters including Charlotte City Council members Warren Cooksey and Andy Dulin, attended Morgan’s press conference in front of the government building in downtown Charlotte Thursday. Morgan said the top priority for the next school board will be selecting a new superintendent to replace Peter Gorman who announced his departure in early June.
“Hiring a superintendent will be the most important decision this board makes,” he said. Continue reading
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Not much will change for Mint Hill in congressional redistricting

Myrick's district is shown in green and Kissell's is in purple.Rep. Sue Myrick (Dist. 9) will still represent the Mint Hill area according to the GOP-drawn congressional redistricting maps for North Carolina. However, Myrick’s district will change slightly. Her district, which currently pulls from suburban Mecklenburg County, Union County and Gaston County, will add southern Iredell County and drop Gaston County. The change shouldn’t affect her chances of getting reelected.
Just north of Mint Hill, Rep. Larry Kissell, a Democrat whose congressional district includes parts of 10 counties including Stanly, Union and Carbarrus, will lose a large group of African Americans to Rep. Mel Watt’s 12th district. The result could spell trouble for Kissell. In 2008, 52 percent of District 8 voted for Barack Obama. With the new district, the number falls to 44 percent.

Meetings will be held across the state Thursday to give residents a chance to voice their opinions about the new redistricting map. In the Charlotte area, the meeting will be held at the UNC Charlotte J. Murrey Atkins Library, Room 143, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. The meeting lasts from 3-9 pm.

 

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