HUNTERSVILLE – Two weeks after narrowly losing to Jill Swain in the Huntersville mayor’s race, Jim Puckett has announced plans to run for county commissioner. 

Puckett plans to run for the District 1 seat on the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners he held for three terms. The seat represents the area spanning Lake Norman to the Mountain Island and University City areas of Charlotte.

“In 2006, in hopes of capturing a Republican majority, I recruited Karen Bentley to run for my seat on the Mecklenburg County Commission while I ran for an at-large seat,” Puckett said. “I promised Karen I would continue to support her and not run against her in the future, regardless of the outcome.”

Bentley recently announced plans not to run for a fifth term next year. Puckett said he was humbled and encouraged when Bentley and others asked him to consider running for county commissioner. 

“I look forward to continuing the long history of District 1 commissioners bringing a fiscally responsible, socially accountable and common-sense based guidance to the management of Mecklenburg County,” he said.

News of Puckett’s plans was well received.

“Your old office will be waiting for you,” Commissioner Bill James told him.