Republican and unaffiliated voters can now choose people to run against Democrats in November. Primary election day is Sept. 11, though residents can vote through Sept. 8 at some locations. (Check www.meckboe.org for details).
In the mayor's race, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board member Ken Gjertsen is challenging incumbent Pat McCrory for the Republican spot on the November mayoral ballot. District 7 voters in southeast Charlotte will choose between Warren Cooksey and Dick Yoder. But the at-large city council races likely offer the most chance for upset: Six candidates are competing for four seats.
Here they are, listed with Web sites if they have them:
• A. Chris Bakis
• John W. Lassiter (www.votelassiter.com)
• Geraldine (Jerry) Mudge
• Edwin B. Peacock III (www.edwinpeacock.com)
• Dan Ramirez (www.danramirez.com)
• David L. Romero (www.votedavidromero.com)
Incidentally, the two at-large candidates who support repealing the transit tax are the ones without Web sites. Not that the anti-light rail folks are Luddites or anything.