Category Archives: Latest Charlotte Scoop

Lots of buzz today…

Let me start with elections:

Congressional District 9 has two opponents in the Republican primary May   8 as we know.  But another candidate has entered the scene…Clarence Goins from Fayetteville, a Republican….officially announced Saturday that he is running. According to Facebook pictures he had quite the announcement so it indicates he is serious. His  entrance in the race  sets up a three way Republican primary…incumbent Robert Pittenger,  retired minister Mark Harris , who ran against Pittenger in 2016, and now Clarence Goins.  The winner of the primary May 8  will face Democrat Dan McCready in the general election to be held in November.

Dan Bishop… Dan, a Republican incumbent in Senate District 39  widely known as the author of the controversial  state bill HB2 has a an opponent. Beth Monaghan, considered a moderate Republican, has announced she is setting up a strategy to defeat Bishop in the primary May 8.  She has a list of strong credentials which makes her a viable contender. She lives in Charlotte.

Colette Forrest:  Where oh where is the dynamo who chaired the Black Political Caucus  during the 2017 City elections.  Speculation abounds… where will she show up next.  Colette recently retired as Chairman of the Black Political Caucus and she is credited for the outstanding victories of those candidates who had the Caucus endorsements in 2017. Those of us who follow these things wonder what’s next for Colette. It seems she is working on the Garry McFadden for sheriff campaign.  I received an invitation from her for his kick off which was held last Saturday. She tells me she is not chairing McFadden’s campaign  but wherever she is , mind you, she’s a force. McFadden is challenging incumbent Sheriff Irwin Carmichael in the May 8 Democratic primary. Antoine Ensley, a Democrat, is throwing his hat into the sheriff race as well creating a three way primary for Sheriff May 8.He has scheduled a meet and greet for February 7.

Congressional District 12. Democrat Alma Adams ,the incumbent, may face challenger Sharon Hudson, a Republican in the November General Election.  Sharon lives in Davidson which is in Congressional District 12 and has been a leader in the anti toll movement.  She tells me she is seriously considering a run, which will pit her against Adams in the November General.

Charlotte’s 250 anniversary.  I had no idea our venerable city has been around since its incorporation in 1768.  Heard tell that City Manager Marcus Jones has set up a CLT Executive Steering Committee , a small group  to help plan for Charlotte’s 250th anniversary. First meeting is scheduled for next week.

John Fennebresque, better know as the Czar or Tudor by his good friends, officially retired from  Mc Guire Woods law firm  December 31. He is a former Chairman of the UNC Board of Governors and is known for his financial support of local and statewide Republican candidates.  I have known John for years…in fact he was my first finance chairman in 1989 when  I ran for City Council .  He and his wife Frances have been friends since their daughter Amy and my daughter Lisa were in school together . John gets a bum rap from people some time because he is a direct, in charge type of person, but I can tell you from experience that  he is one of the kindest, loyal people I know.  He may be retired from McGuire Woods but he will still be around for support and advice for Republicans …. and, of course, his friends.

~Lynn wheeler

Elections are upon us again: Mecklenburg races include County Commissioner, District Attorney and Sheriff as well as a race for Congressional District 9. Candidate filing opens February 12 at noon concluding February 28 at noon.  These are partisan elections, and if there is a primary for any seat it will be held May 8 with the General Election in November.

The water cooler scuttlebutt at this day and time is this:

Running for District Attorney is  District Attorney Spencer Merriweather challenged by  Defense Attorney Toussaint Romain.

Sheriff:  Incumbent Irwin Carmichael is being challenged by Garry McFadden retired CMPD detective. Also by Antoine Ensley who has run for sheriff two other times. All three are Democrats.

State Senator:  Incumbent Joel Ford who ran for Mayor in 2017 and sitting City Council Member Lawana Mayfield are running for Ford’s State Senate seat.

County Commission:  All incumbant County Commissioners with the exception of Dumont Clark are running for re election.  That list includes Trevor Fuller. Ella Scarborough, Pat Cotham, Matthew Ridenhour, George Dunlap, Bill James, Jim Puckett and Vilma Leake.  We will see after filing closes February 28 if any have opponents.  and who else will throw their hat in the ring.

Robert Pittenger, incumbent Congressional district 9 will  be primaried for certain May 8.  He is being challenged again by former First Baptist Senior Pastor Mark Harris.  Two years ago Harris challenged Pittenger and lost by a little over a 100 votes.

Last week a letter went out with the heading  “A Personal note from friends of Robert Pittenger”, signed by 13 “friends,”                                        identifying  themselves as “former investors with  Pittenger. “This list includes Governor Jim Martin, Bob Rucho, Stuart Dickson to name a few.  The body of the letter touts each of the signers  knowing him the last “25-30 years and request support of his “mission in Congress.”.

Former Mayor Jennifer Roberts…now here’s one for you…was spotted speaking in December (after she lost her reelection as Mayor)at the Don Reid weekly breakfast AND at sitting Council Member Ed Driggs’ weekly breakfast.  Don Reid, as some may recall is an ultra right conservative who has around 20 mostly men of his ilk attending.  Ed Driggs is a Republican on the City Council. Now I ask you to ponder this: What was that all about? Is Roberts planning a run for a district that includes Republicans? What does she have her eye on?

Black Political Caucus:  On February 11 the membership of the Caucus met to elect a new Chairman to fill the unexpired term of Colette Forrest who unexpectedly resigned only ten months into her two year term. Arthur Griffin former School Board member was elected.  Arthur was on the school board when I was on the city council..  There is not finer man, but whoa….Colette’s shoes are some shoes to try to fill.

Pat McCrory: WBT radio has officially named their 9:00 to 10:00 AM daily segment  ….as of the first of January ….The Pat McCrory Show with Bo Thompson. Wonder what he is getting paid?  He also continue to do his five minute daily segment with Bo at 7:15 . I served for fourteen years on the City Council with Pat, and I have listened to snippets of his new show.  He and Bo are a good team and it’s worth the listen.

That’s it for now, folks. Catch up with me again in a couple weeks.

~LW