CORNELIUS – Cornelius Commissioner John Bradford has formed a candidate committee for the purposes of running for the District 98 seat on the N.C. House of Representatives.

Running for that seat will pit Bradford against former Cornelius Mayor Lynette Rinker in a Republican primary. They’ve served together on the Cornelius Board of Commissioners from 2011 to 2013.

“The past few years the people of northern Mecklenburg have been fortunate to have the strong pro-business leadership of Speaker Thom Tillis,” Bradford said. “It is imperative that we keep a representative in Raleigh that understands first-hand how businesses operate so we can build a strong economy for the future of our county, towns and state.” 

Bradford, the CEO of Cornelius-based Park Avenue Properties, was first elected to public office in 2011 as a Cornelius town commissioner. He was re-elected in 2013. 

The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce has recognized Bradford as the Most Business Friendly Cornelius Town Commissioner and Business Person of the Year. 

He and his wife of 13 years, Shea Bradford, have four children, ages 10, 8, 6 and 6.

Bradford announced several endorsements, including N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte; Huntersville Commissioner Danny Phillips; Cornelius commissioners Woody Washam, Dave Gilroy and Jim Duke; and former Cornelius commissioners Jim Bensman, Jeff Hare and Bruce Trimbur, as well as former Cornelius Mayor Gary Knox.

“My endorsements by these elected officials speak for themselves and the formation of this committee is the first step in the process of becoming an official candidate,” Bradford said. “I will hold a formal announcement early next year along with my family and members of my campaign steering committee.”

Davidson Democrat Natasha Marcus announced plans in November to run for the District 98 seat. Marcus served as a team leader for Organizing for America in 2011. She’s also served in volunteer roles with the Ada Jenkins Center and the Free Clinic of Our Towns.

Tillis, a Cornelius resident serving as Speaker of the House, is campaigning for Kay Hagan’s seat in the N.C. Senate next year.