Mecklenburg County’s next sheriff and district attorney have been selected, and in other races the ballots are set for November after the completion of polling in the May 8 primary.
Challenger Garry McFadden, a former detective with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, received nearly 53 percent of the vote in a three-candidate Democratic primary to unseat Irwin Carmichael as Mecklenburg County’s sheriff. McFadden, Carmichael and Antoine Ensley squared off in the primary and there are no Republican candidates for the position.
McFadden won in nearly all of Mecklenburg’s precincts, but Carmichael was the leading vote-getter in Huntersville and Cornelius precincts 142, 207, 208 and 209. Ensley won 20 southern Mecklenburg precincts and received the most votes in four precincts – 127, 143, 240 and 242 – in Huntersville and Cornelius.
In the Democratic primary for the Mecklenburg County District Attorney, again with no Republican filed for the position, Spencer Merriweather easily defeated Toussaint Romain. Merriweather won in each of the county’s 195 precincts.
In the Democratic primary for at-large positions on the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners, incumbents Pat Cotham, Trevor Fuller and Ella Scarborough secured spots on the November ballot. Cotham was the leading vote-getter in every north Mecklenburg precinct. There are three at-large seats on the board and Republican Jeremy Brasch is the other candidate.
In the Democratic primary for N.C. House District 98, Huntersville’s Christy Clark received more than 90 percent of the votes cast to defeat Cornelius resident Braden Rosenlieb. Clark will face incumbent Republican John Bradford in November.
In the U.S. House District 12 primaries, incumbent Alma Adams easily won the Democratic primary over three challengers and Paul Wright won the three-candidate Republican primary.
Mecklenburg Primary Results
Sheriff Democratic primary
Garry McFadden 29,840
Antoine Ensley 15,712
Irwin Carmichael 11,648
District Attorney Democratic primary
Spencer Merriweather 43,004
Toussaint Romain 12,246
Board of Commissioners Democratic primary
(top 3 advance to November)
Pat Cotham 37,868
Trevor Fuller 33,889
Ella Scarborough 32,923
Ray McKinnon 20,923
Jamie Hildreth 10,987
Gerenda Davis 9,610
Tigress Sydney Acute McDaniel 4,626
N.C. House District 98 Democratic primary
Christy Clark 3,258
Branden Rosenlieb 264
U.S. House District 12 Democratic primary
Alma Adams 38,719
Keith Young 2,538
Patrick Register 2,066
Gabe Ortiz 1,952
U.S. House District 12 Republican primary
Paul Wright 3,211
Paul Bonham 2,344
Cal Persson 1,880