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Candidates Set for 2016 State and Local Primaries

Vote!(December 22, 2015) The candidate filing period for the 2016 elections ended on Monday, so the candidates are now set for the state and local primaries.

The first primary will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, nearly two months earlier than in previous election years. Absentee voting by mail begins January 25, and one-stop early voting begins on March 3.

The ballot will include the presidential primary and many statewide contests, a well as races for judges at various levels. For more information on these races, see Mecklenburg County Board of Elections and North Carolina State Board of Elections. Steele Creek residents may also vote in primaries for Mecklenburg County offices and for candidates for various districts that cover parts of Steele Creek.

The deadline for registering for the primaries is Friday, February 19, but registration for the November general election will continue through October 14.

Voters will have to show a photo ID beginning in 2016 (with some exceptions). See the NC Voter ID web site for more information.

If necessary, the second primary will be on either May 3 or May 24, depending on whether federal contests require a second primary. Primary winners will face off in the General Election on November 8, 2016.

Voters should be aware of what district they live in for each race so that they are familiar with the candidates forthose districts and are prepared to cast their votes. (On the maps below, election precinct boundaries and numbers are shown in red and Steele Creek is outlined in green.)

The following are district and other local races of interest to Steele Creek residents.

Congressional Districts U. S. House of Representatives

Currently Steele Creek includes parts of Congressional Districts 9 and 12. (See map at right. Click on the map for a larger image. Then click on the browser's Back button to return to this story.)

Note that boundaries for United States Congressional districts currently are under litigation. The North Carolina General Assembly adopted new boundaries on Friday, February 19 that placed all of Steele Creek in new District 12. The new districts still have to be approved by the US Courts. If the new districts are approved, candidates will need to file in them beginning March 16. Unless the current districts are retained (which seems unlikely) there will be no official congressional candidates in North Carolina before March 16. Candidates listed below are those that filed in the current districts during the December filing period.

Congressional District 9

Republicans will choose between two candidates in the primary: incumbent Robert Pittenger and challenger George Rouco.

Christian Cano is the only Democratic candidate and will face the winner of the Republican primary on the November ballot.

Congressional District 12

Democrats will choose from three candidates in the primary: incumbent Alma Adams and challengers Gardenia Henley and Juan Antonio Marin, Jr.

Republicans will choose between two candidates in the primary: Ryan Duffie and Leon Threatt.

State Senate DistrictsNorth Carolina Senate

Steele Creek includes parts of State Senate Districts 37 and 38. (See map at right. Click on the map for a larger image. Then click on the browser's Back button to return to this story.)

State Senate District 37

There will be no primary for State Senate District 37. Democratic incumbent Jeff Jackson will face Republican challenger Bob Diamond in the November election.

State Senate District 38

Democrats will choose between two candidates:  incumbent Joel Ford and challenger Roderick Davis.

The primary winner will face Republican challenger Richard Rivette in the November election.

State House DistrictsNorth Carolina House of Representatives

Steele Creek includes parts of State House Districts 92 and 102. (See map at right. Click on the map for a larger image. Then click on the browser's Back button to return to this story.)

North Carolina House District 92

Republicans will choose between two candidates: incumbent Charles Jeter and challenger Tom Davis.

The Republican primary winner will face Democratic challenger Chaz Beasley in the November election.

North Carolina House District 102

There will be no primary for State House District 102. Incumbent Democrat Becky Carney will be running unopposed in the November election.

County Commissioner DistrictsMecklenburg Board of County Commissioners

The Board of County Commissioners has three members elected at large and six members elected from districts. Steele Creek includes parts of County Commissioner Districts 2 and 6. (See map at right. Click on the map for a larger image. Then click on the browser's Back button to return to this story.)

County Commission At Large

Democrats will vote for three people among four candidates in the primary: incumbents Patricia (Pat) Cotham, Trevor M. Fuller, and Ella Scarborough and challenger Damiko Faulkner.

There will be no Republican primary. Jeremy Brasch will appear on the November ballot as the only Republican candidate.

County Commission District 2

Democrats will choose among three candidates in the primary: incumbent Vilma D. Leake and challengers Lula Dualeh and Angela G. Edwards.

There are no Republican candidates, so the winner of the Democratic primary will be unopposed in the general election.

County Commission District 6

Republicans will choose between two candidates: incumbent Bill James and challenger Joel Levy. There are no Democratic candidates, so the Republican primary winner will be running unopposed in the November election.

Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds

Democrats will choose between two candidates in the primary: incumbent David Granberry and challenger Fred Smith.

There are no Republican candidates, so the Democratic primary winner will be running unopposed in the November election.

Also see maps on the following pages: Voting Precincts and Polling Places in Steele Creek and Election Districts in Steele Creek.

For more information about the 2016 primary and general election in Mecklenburg County, see Mecklenburg County Board of Elections.

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