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Vote Early at Steele Creek Library

(October 23, 2005) The General Election for Charlotte Mayor, Charlotte City Council, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board district representatives as well as several bond referendums is November 8, but you can vote early at the Steele Creek Library. No Excuse Early voting begins on Monday October 24 and continues until Saturday, November 4 at Steele Creek and several other libraries. Voters can go to any location regardless of their registered  precinct.

Here is a rundown of the offices:

Mayor: Incumbent Rebublican Pat McCrory faces Democrat Craig Madans.

City Council At-Large: Democrats Darrell Bonapart, Susan Burgess, David Erdman, and Anthony Fox face Republicans John Lassiter, Pat Mumford, John Tabor, and Lynn Wheeler for the four at-large seats.

City Council Districts: Seven district seats will be filled. All parts of Steele Creek within the Charlotte city limits are within District 3, where incumbent Democrat Warren Turner faces no Republican opposition and will again be the District 3 representative.


Locations, times for no-excuse, in-person early voting:

University City, South County, Independence, Main, West Boulevard, Steele Creek, Morrison, Beatties Ford Road, North County,  Plaza Midwood, and Central Piedmont Community College libraries, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays Oct. 24-Nov. 4 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays Oct. 29 and Nov. 4.

North County and West Boulevard libraries, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 30.

School Board: Six district seats will be filled in non-partisan elections. Four candidates are running the the District 2 Primary. District 2 includes all of Steele Creek. Primary candidates are Mukul Datta, Donna Jenkins Dawson, Sheila Ann Johnson, and incumbent Vilma D. Leake.

Also on the November 8 ballot will be four bond issues totaling $554 million. These are $427 million for school facilities, the largest in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools history, $66 million for land purchase, $14.5 million for law enforcement facilities, and $46.5 for community college facilities.

Over half of the school bond money, $217 million, would go towards building 10 new schools that are needed to relieve overcrowding. One of these 10 is the new Dixie River Road elementary school in the Berewick Development, which would open in 2009. Currently Lake Wylie Elementary School is at 200% capacity, and Steele Creek Elementary is at 185% capacity. Next year the new Winget Park elementary school will open and offer relief to Lake Wylie, but Steele Creek will remain highly overcrowded. If the school bonds do not pass, the new Dixie River Road school will not be built as scheduled.

As reported by the Lake Wylie Pilot, approximately $20 million of the $66 million of the bond package for land acquisition will go towards purchasing land near Mountain Island Lake. This land would be protected from development and thus help maintain water quality in Mountain Island Lake as well as Lake Wylie downstream. See the story Mecklenburg vote could effect Lake Wylie water.

For the September Primary, 2377 voters took advantage of the Early Voting opportunity, but only 83 of these voted at the Steele Creek Library. Early Voting offers a quick and easy way to vote at a time convenient to you. Please take advantage of it.

For more information on the fall's primary and general elections, visit the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections web site.

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