Feb 132012

The 2012 election season began began in earnest today as candidates began filing to run for office. A few surprises made it a little more interesting.

Weddington’s Dan Barry began the day by calling a 7:30 AM news conference at the Weddington town hall, to announce that he was a candidate for the ninth congressional district, looking to replace Sue Myrick whose retirement announcement caught everybody except perhaps Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Pendergraph by surprise. Ms. Myrick announced her retirement on Tuesday, February 7 and Mr. Pendergraph announced his candidacy the next day.

Dan Barry is a Weddington council-member who initially had planned to run in the eighth congressional district, but in light of the opening in the ninth chose to run there instead. At some point we will have examine Barry’s ability to win that race, though the more Mecklenburg Republicans that jump in, the better are Dan’s chances — numbers wise.

Charlotte council-member Andy Dulin announced his candidacy for the ninth late this afternoon, as did Jennifer Roberts another Charlotte council-member, a Democrat in this case.

The following statistics are from the redistricting data for the 9th District:

County County Pop District Pop Cnty District Pop % County in District % of District in County
Iredell 159,437 733,498 111,736 70.082% 15.233%
Mecklenburg 919,628 733,498 519,677 56.509% 70.849%
Union 201,292 733,498 102,085 50.715% 13.918%
County Fillings:

The local Board of Elections office in Monroe had very little action as only four people signed to file. Dean Arp, current School Board Chairman filed for the re-drawn NC House District 69, Mark Brody filed for the new NC House District 55, Richard Helms filed for County Commissioner and the inimitable Crystal Crump filed for re-election as Registrar of Deeds.

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