Two candidates in the same party. Both respected. Both viable and ready to take office. Both with deep ties to their communities. Both with mutual friends, allies and supporters. Local voters will face a tough choice between John Autry and Billy Maddalon.
North Carolina Democratic state Rep. Tricia Cotham has announced she won’t be seeking re-election to her House seat in 2016. Cotham, who’s served five terms in the legislature, made the announcement on Thursday. Her move opens up the potential for an openly LGBT lawmaker, something the state’s been missing since 2014, with openly gay Plaza Midwood businessman Billy Maddalon saying Thursday he’s considering a run.
Commentary and a breakdown of Charlotte municipal primary results, including thoughts on the LGBT vote and efforts to pass an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance with a new City Council.
No one doubts it — this year’s municipal elections in Charlotte are tough. After much thought, I’ve finally come to a decision on who I’ll cast my ballot for in primary elections on Tuesday.