2017 MeckPAC General Election Voter Guide & Endorsements


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — MeckPAC, the Mecklenburg LGBTQ Political Action Committee, has released its slate of endorsements in local Mecklenburg County races for this year’s general election on Nov. 7. Early voting begins Thursday, Oct. 19.

Endorsements were made this year in a variety of races, including for Charlotte mayor and Charlotte City Council, as well as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education.

Additionally, MeckPAC has endorsed in some mayoral and town commission races in Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews and Pineville. This year, MeckPAC was excited to more than double the number of candidate responses we received in 2015 from Mecklenburg County town candidates.

MeckPAC’s endorsed candidates have shown themselves to be leaders and allies in the movement for LGBTQ equality and share MeckPAC’s vision for future momentum on LGBTQ inclusion in Mecklenburg County. They each also know and understand that the LGBTQ community has an important stake in our local communities’ critical conversations on affordable housing, economic opportunity, and criminal justice reform, which will move our area forward as a more equitable, more accessible and more welcoming place for all people, regardless of race, income, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Use the links below to navigate our voter guide and jump directly to each section:
Charlotte Mayor
Charlotte City Council
CMS Board of Education
About the Endorsements Process
Voting Dates/Times, Locations & Voter Registration

Or… Click here for a printable PDF version of our endorsement slate card.

Charlotte Mayor

MeckPAC has endorsed Vi Lyles for Mayor of Charlotte

Vi Lyles, the incumbent mayor pro tem, receives this year’s general election endorsement for mayor. Lyles has steadfastly supported the community on a variety of issues, including local public accommodations protections and during the HB2 controversy. MeckPAC believes Lyles is a strong champion who will continue to fight for full inclusion, especially with an eye toward the most marginalized members of our community. In contrast, Lyles’ opponent Kenny Smith has routinely taken positions and voted for policies which would continue to harm Charlotte’s low-income families, communities of color and the LGBTQ community.

Charlotte City Council

MeckPAC has endorsed the following Charlotte City Council candidates:

City Council At-Large
Dimple Ajmera
Julie Eiselt
James Mitchell
Braxton Winston

City Council Districts
Larken Egleston, District 1
Justin Harlow, District 2
LaWana Mayfield, District 3
Matt Newton, District 5

CMS Board of Education

MeckPAC has endorsed the following school board candidates:

Janeen Bryant, District 3
Carol Sawyer, District 4


MeckPAC has issued a receptive rating for the following candidates for Cornelius Board of Commissioners:

Ava Callender
Dave Gilroy
Thurman Ross

MeckPAC’s receptive rating indicates a candidate who has expressed some level of support for LGBTQ equality or a candidate who has supported MeckPAC in the past, but whose candidate questionnaire responses or other positions fell short of a full endorsement.


MeckPAC has endorsed in the following races in Davidson:

Rusty Knox

Board of Commissioners
George Berger
Jane Campbell
Ryan Fay
Rodney Graham


MeckPAC has endorsed the following candidate for Huntersville Board of Commissioners:

Lance Munger


MeckPAC has endorsed the following candidates for Matthews Board of Commissioners:

Norah Burke
Sebastian Feculak
Dimple Shah


MeckPAC has endorsed the following candidate for Pineville Board of Commissioners:

Scott Goldsmith

About the Endorsements

MeckPAC’s endorsement process includes a candidate questionnaire and, when necessary, candidate interviews. Founded in 1998, MeckPAC has used the same endorsement process for each election. All candidates who have filed to run are invited to participate in a candidate questionnaire which covers a variety of local LGBTQ equality and intersectional social justice issues. Candidate responses are then evaluated by members of MeckPAC’s board. When necessary for follow-up, MeckPAC hosts interviews with candidates or holds follow-up discussions with candidates.

Voting Dates/Times, Locations & Voter Registration

Election Day: Nov. 7

The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Am I registered? Where do I vote?
If you have questions about your voter registration or want to make sure it is up to date, you can look up your voter registration online. You can also use the voter look-up tool to find your specific election day voting location. Click here to use the state board of election’s voter look-up.