HUNTERSVILLE – Following a recount of votes in the primary race against challenger Tom Davis, Rep. Charles Jeter moves on to face Democrat Chaz Beasley of Charlotte for the N.C. House District 92 seat.
• Jeter ekes out win
Because the race was so close in the N.C. House District 92 Republican primary on March 15, challenger Tom Davis asked for a ballot recount. Here are the final results:
Candidate Ballot Count Percent
Charles Jeter 3,731 50.24
Tom Davis 3,696 49.76
“I’m very glad that we have the opportunity to take our message to the voters directly and that we are in a great position for November’s election,” said Beasley, an attorney for Alston & Bird LLP.
Education and tolls are some of Beasley’s major focuses, as well as finding ways to improve the economy. He has been a consistent opponent of the toll-lane project and would look to find ways to better improve the state’s public education system, he said.
“I’m looking forward to facing Rep. Jeter, and we are happy to have a good discussion on issues with him and we’re confident that the folks in District 92 are going to have a clear choice that they can choose from in November,” Beasley said.
He grew up the child of a single mother and did not have a lot. He feels that getting a good education is what helped make him successful and who he is today. He said he wants local children to have the same opportunities to reach their full potential.
“What we’ve seen in recent years is our public education system has been underfunded, our teachers have been underpaid and too many folks in Raleigh are trying to defend the indefensible,” he said.
One of the big reasons Beasley wants the House 92 seat is to ensure that every child has the same quality education he had. He said he feels many in Raleigh have reduced the budget while claiming that they have spent more on education than ever.
When it comes to the economy, he said he is interested in bringing in more business and feels the current members of the General Assembly have misplaced priorities. He said he particularly disagrees with the practice of waiting until right before the end of the most recent session to talk and vote on bills to attract business.
“I will be the type of representative who will call out either party … my party or the other party, on misplaced priorities and let them know that we need someone who is actually going to challenge the status quo and push people to do what the people of the state are asking,” he said.
For more information about Chaz Beasley visit www.chazbeasley.com.
Jeter touts experience
Jeter said the Interstate 77 toll-lane issue was one of the reasons his recent primary was so close and that his campaign needs to work on letting people know about the work he’s done on that and other issues.
“I’ve got 11 years of public service in this community. I think we’ve done a lot of good things during that time, and we’re going to try to make sure that we make a compelling case to the voters that we’re in the best position to represent them in the House of Representatives,” he said.
He said he will continue to make the case to voters that he is the right person for the job.
He expects the race with Beasley will be competitive and that a lot of money will be spent on both sides.
To him, there are both advantages and disadvantages of being the incumbent, Jeter said.
“The advantage is you can tell people what you’ve done. The disadvantages are after 11 years of making votes and over 2,500 votes in the North Carolina House in the last few years, you can always find something that somebody doesn’t like,” he said.
Jeter said Beasley can make a lot of comments about what he will do in office but that he lacks experience.
“It’s easy to make promises when you never had to make a vote,” he said.
Jeter feels he has a good track record and has lived up to his promises while in office.
“We’re proud of the record that we’ve had, and we feel like we’ve done everything we said we were going to do,” he said.
For more information about Jeter and his campaign visit www.votejeter.com.
The two will face off on the November ballot. Additional information can be found on the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections website.