Aneralla ready for campaign challenger
by Staff Writer
HUNTERSVILLE — John Aneralla of Huntersville, who threw his hat in the ring earlier in the fall, said Friday, Jan. 20, he wasn’t surprised Tarte decided to run.
“He’s been publicly and privately talking about it for the last four or five months, so it’s not a complete shock,” Aneralla said.
To date, Aneralla has raised $30,000 for his campaign, but because he announced his candidacy early, he said he thinks his campaign has a leg up.
“We’ve earned a lot of the good will from elected officials and the endorsements have been coming in,” he said. “I think we’re in a good position.”
Aneralla also believes that while Tarte is well known in the northern part of the district, he has the upper hand in the southern part near Mint Hill and Matthews.
“One thing I bring to the table is a good relationship with the state representatives and party activists here and throughout the state,” Aneralla said. “In 2010 I was encouraged run, and encouraged to run again this year. I feel like I have a running start should I win because you need cross-state relationships to be effective.”
He said he believes himself to be in line with the majority of Republican voters in the district on social issues – he’s pro-life, in favor of a marriage amendment banning gay marriage and voter ID – as well as fiscally.
But Tarte said his experience in local government, and his professional life, is what will make him effective in Raleigh.
“Hopefully voters will take the time to read my background, see the work that’s been done under my watch in Cornelius and believe that I can take that and translate it into getting work done in Raleigh,” Tarte said. “It’s awkward to toot your own horn, but there’s a limited number of people that have the experience I do that can take their experience to Raleigh, and I’m in a position I can do that.”
Aneralla is campaigning on reducing taxes, pushing more pro-business legislation and promoting exploring the state’s natural resources, be it offshore drilling or natural gas.
To learn more about Aneralla’s campaign, visit www.electjohnaneralla.com.