MeckPAC 2018 Primary Endorsements & Voter Guide

MeckPAC-2018-Primary-Card

Click here to download a printable version of our slate card.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — MeckPAC, the Mecklenburg LGBTQ Political Action Committee, has released its slate of endorsements for the 2018 Primary Election in local Mecklenburg County and state legislative races. Early voting begins on April 19, witht he Primary Election to be held on May 8.

Endorsements were made this year in a variety of races, including: State Senate and House races in Mecklenburg County, Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners, Mecklenburg County Sheriff and Mecklenburg County District Attorney.

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:
North Carolina Senate & House
Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners
Mecklenburg County Sheriff
Mecklenburg County District Attorney
About the Endorsements Process
Voting Dates/Times, Locations & Voter Registration

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


North Carolina Senate & House

Senate District 38 — Democratic Primary
MeckPAC has endorsed Mujtaba Mohammed.
Additionally, MeckPAC is issuing its strongest possible warning against incumbent Joel Ford, a similar distinction we made in his 2017 primary race for Charlotte mayor. You can read more about our reasoning for this “warning” distinction here.

Senate District 39 — Democratic Primary
MeckPAC has endorsed Chad Stachowicz.

Senate District 39 — Republican Primary
MeckPAC has endorsed Beth Monaghan.
Additionally, MeckPAC is issuing its strongest possible warning against incumbent Dan Bishop, the sponsor of the infamous HB2, which created statewide anti-LGBTQ discriminatory policy and specifically targeted members of the transgender community, as well as low-income people.

House District 88 — Republican Primary
MeckPAC is issuing a warning against Ty Turner, who has held several positions and made several statements hostile to fully inclusive LGBTQ equality.

House District 98 — Democratic Primary
MeckPAC has endorsed Christy Clark.

House District 101 — Democratic Primary
MeckPAC has endorsed Carolyn Logan.

House District 102 — Democratic Primary
MeckPAC has endorsed Becky Carney.

House District 105 — Democratic Primary
MeckPAC has endorsed Wesley Harris.

Additionally, MeckPAC has endorsed the following candidates for the upcoming General Election in November:

Senate District 37 — Jeff Jackson
Senate District 41 — Natasha Marcus
House District 92 — Chaz Beasley
House District 100 — John Autry
House District 103 — Rachel Hunt (Warning: Bill Brawley)
House District 105 — Warning: Scott Stone
House District 107 — Kelly Alexander


Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners

At-Large — Democratic Primary
MeckPAC has endorsed: Trevor Fuller, Jamie Hildreth, Ray McKinnon.
MeckPAC greatly appreciates the willingness of this year’s diverse field of At-Large candidates who participated in our endorsement process. This year’s field includes several strong candidates, including many longtime leaders who have been friends and allies to our community. Our endorsed candidates represent the strongest possible choices for voters seeking progressive, solution-oriented representatives able to best lead on our shared interests and values.

District 3 — Democratic Primary
MeckPAC has endorsed George Dunlap.

District 4 — Democratic Primary
MeckPAC has endorsed Mark Jerrell.

Additionally, MeckPAC has endorsed the following candidates for the upcoming General Election in November:

District 5 — Susan Harden
District 6 — Susan McDowell

MeckPAC is issuing the strongest possible warning against the following candidates, whose longstanding anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, and other xenophobic and hostile positions run counter to the values of a fully inclusive and welcoming Mecklenburg County:

District 1 — Jim Puckett
District 6 — Bill James


Mecklenburg County Sheriff

MeckPAC has endorsed Garry McFadden.

MeckPAC is issuing the strongest possible warning against incumbent Irwin Carmichael, whose positions on the 287(g) program, the safety of immigrants, in-person visitation and solitary confinement of juveniles run counter to the safety and health of all Mecklenburg County residents.


Mecklenburg County District Attorney

MeckPAC has endorsed Spencer Merriweather.


About the Endorsement Process

MeckPAC’s endorsement process includes a candidate questionnaire and, when necessary, candidate interviews. Founded in 1998, MeckPAC has used the same rigorous endorsement process for each election since our founding. 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.


Voter & Election Information

This year’s Primary Election is scheduled for May 8. 

Early voting will open Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 8am at Hal Marshall Annex.

15 additional sites open Friday, April 27, 2018 at 10am. Click here for exact locations and their hours of operation.

Need to update your voter registration? First, click here to double check it is correct. You have until April 13 to update it or you can do it easily, in-person during Early Voting!