Challenger calls out Congressman in ad

MATTHEWS – Conservative Republican Mike Steinberg, who is the only primary challenger for the Ninth Congressional District, is running radio ads requesting Rep. Robert Pittenger agree to a debate.

“The ninth congressional district is conservative – more conservative than Pittenger’s voting record,” Steinberg said. “Pittenger knows that and is trying his best to hide from a discussion or debate about his voting record before the May 6 primary.”   

The winner of the Republican primary will be the next Representative for the 9th District.


Rinker: Cut state taxes

CORNELIUS – Former Cornelius mayor and N.C. House District 98 candidate Lynette Rinker announced April 15 that her top priority will be eliminating the state’s personal and business income tax.

“According to a recent study by the Civitas Institute, North Carolina was once considered a growth leader, but unfortunately, that is no longer the case,” she said. “Because of the current tax structure, North Carolina’s personal income growth rate ranking has dropped significantly, which has had a direct negative impact on job growth.”

She credits Gov. Pat McCrory and the legislature for cutting taxes for families and small businesses in the 2013 legislative session, but said more needs to be done.

“Our outdated tax code is still making it hard to compete with many of our neighboring states for new jobs,” Rinker said.


Real estate group endorses Bradford

CORNELIUS – Cornelius Commissioner John Bradford announced an endorsement April 15 from the Real Estate & Building Industry Coalition in his campaign for N.C. House District 98.

The Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition (REBIC) is an organization of trade associations formed to take collaborative action on issues of concern to their broad membership engaged in the sales, building, development, finance, management and leasing of real estate. 

“This is an incredible endorsement and I'm happy to have earned their trust, confidence and financial support for my pro-business approach to government,” Bradford said.


Washam to get input

CORNELIUS – Cornelius Mayor Pro-tem Woody Washam will hold his next “listening circle” at 10 a.m. April 22 at the Bailey’s Glen Clubhouse, 12100 Meetinghouse Drive. 

“One of the primary functions of any elected official should be to keep his constituents informed about what is happening and to listen and respond to the ideas, thoughts, and concerns of their citizens,” Washam said.

Washam will provide a brief update on what is happening in town and upcoming matters facing town commissioners, as well as get input from residents.

Continental breakfast items and coffee will be served.


Rep. Tillis to debate Republican challengers

DAVIDSON – Davidson College invites the public to a debate April 22 between the four top-polling Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate.

Candidates Greg Brannon, Heather Grant, Mark Harris and Thom Tillis are competing in the May 6 primary to run against Democrat incumbent Kay Hagan in the November election.

The debate begins at 7 p.m. in the Duke Family Performance Hall.

The public must register to attend at


Political group hosts N.C., U.S. candidates

CORNELIUS – Lake Norman Conservatives will host a free event April 24 for the public to learn the latest on the North Carolina toll lane plans and to meet candidates.

Speakers include: Greg Brannon for U.S. Senate, Mike Steinberg for U.S. Congress (NC-9), a spokesperson for Mark Harris who running for U.S. Senate, Sharon Hudson for N.C. House (98), and others who have been closely involved in opposing the tolls.

The event starts 7 p.m. April 24, following a social hour, at Fox & Hound Restaurant, 8411 Lindholm Drive.

To RSVP, email