MeckPAC releases 2015 primary endorsements

MeckPAC – the Mecklenburg Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Political Action Committee – is pleased to release its endorsements and voter guide for the September 15, 2015 Primary Election.

Our goal this year was simple – be very intentional in identifying the slate of candidates who will provide the LGBT community the best chance at a new City Council who will vote for a fully inclusive non-discrimination ordinance.

The Primary Election on September 15, more than the General Election in November, will be the deciding factor in who will best represent our community on Charlotte City Council. That’s why we are urging all our supporters to make sure you vote in the upcoming Primary on September 15.

MeckPAC has joined forces with Equality North Carolina and the Human Rights Campaign in an unprecedented coalition in Charlotte to get our combined members and supporters to turn out at the polls. The TurnOUT Charlotte! campaign was launched yesterday at a joint press conference where these three organizations announced our shared slate of City Council candidates.

MeckPAC is proud to endorse the following candidates who we feel can provide us the best path forward to fully inclusive non-discrimination ordinances.

Charlotte City Mayor
Dan Clodfelter (D)

Charlotte City Council At -Large
Julie Eiselt (D)
Vi Lyles (D)
Billy Maddalon (D)
James “Smuggie” Mitchell (D)

Charlotte City Council District Races
Al Austin (D) – District 2
LaWana Mayfield (D) – District 3
John Autry (D) – District 5

Click here to download a PDF of our primary voter guide

MeckPAC is a non-partisan/nonprofit organization. Candidates are evaluated on their responses to questionnaires, in-person interviews, and past performance on issues related to LGBT equality.

Learn about early voting locations:
You can vote early in Mecklenburg County, however, if you did not register by the August 21 deadline, you cannot vote in the Primary. Same day voter registration has been eliminated. Click here to see information on early voting locations.

Learn about your voter registration:
Click here to visit the State Board of Elections website to verify your voter information and learn more about your precinct, polling location and national, state and local legislative districts.

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MeckPAC is registered with the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections and, thus, involves itself only in political advocacy with city/county government in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County – specifically, with Charlotte City Council/Mayor, Mecklenburg County Commission, Charlotte/Mecklenburg Board of Education and now the towns of Mecklenburg County: Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville.