Primary day today in Steele Creek

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comSeptember 3, 2013 

— Steele Creek voters have will decide today which names to put on the Nov. 10 general election ballot.

The primary vote in Mecklenburg County is Sept. 10. Democrats in Steele Creek will have more to decide than Republicans, though both will get their say.

In Mecklenburg County, voters registered as Democrats or Republicans vote only in those races.

“You can be unaffiliated,” said Antonio Jordan with the county Board of Elections, “and then you can choose which one you want to vote in.”

Democrats have four candidates for mayor of Charlotte – Patrick Cannon, Gary Dunn, James Mitchell and Lucille Puckett. Republicans Edwin Peacock and David Rice vie for their party’s nod.

Both parties can have four candidates for at-large City Council seats. While Republicans have four ready to go for the general election, Democrats will narrow that field from seven. Candidates are Michael Barnes, Claire Fallon, David Howard, Scott Jenkins, Viola Lyles, Beth Pickering and Nancy Wiggins.

Because the two local contests requiring primary votes are for city positions, only Steele Creek residents within city limits are allowed to vote. City limits come down roughly to the N.C. 160/McDowell Nature Preserve area.

More elections come for Steele Creek in the Nov. 10 general election. Thelma Byers-Bailey takes on incumbent Richard McElrath for a four-year term to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. Charlotte City Council Dist. 3, which includes all Steele Creek residents in city limits, pits Democrat LaWana Mayfield, Libertarian Travis Wheat and Republican Eric Netter.

According to statistics from the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, registered voters in City Council Dist. 3 are 61 percent Democrat, 15 percent Republican and 24 percent unaffiliated.

The school vote in November will be open to all Steele Creek residents, as those lines extend all the way to Lake Wylie. According to elections statistics, Steele Creek’s district there is 61 percent Democrat, 15 percent Republican and 23 percent unaffiliated.

For more information, including links to candidate information, visit and search Board of Elections.

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