Focus turns to county as election season continues
Union County became the center of attention for politicians this week, with visits planned from both presidential candidates and current state lawmakers. Waxhaw residents Jason Lambert, Lisa France and Lisa Thornton hosted an event for presidential candidate Michelle Bachman Thursday, Sept. 29. Meanwhile North Carolina Speaker of the House Thom Tillis announced a town hall meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at Cuthbertson High School.
“The attention given to Union County by all the state leaders recently is proof we are finally being taken serious after decades of being ignored by Raleigh,” Union County Republican Party Chair John Steward said. “We have two well respected representatives in Craig Horn and Justin Burr and in the Senate, with Tommy Tucker.”
It was Horn that instigated the town hall idea, approaching Tillis about coming to Union. The Speaker will start the day at a lunch at Rolling Hills Country Club, travel to Cuthbertson High for first a question and answer session with students, then a Town Hall meeting for anyone interested.
Bachmann traveled to Union for a fundraising breakfast at the France home, speaking with Steward, mayoral candidate Thornton and others who came out. The event came about through Jason Lambert, founder of Right Strategy, who said he hopes to bring all the presidential candidates through Union.
He reached out to mayoral candidate Thornton, who helped put it together.
“He contacted me, knowing my involvement with the Republican Party,” Thornton said. “I was glad to help. It’s a benefit to Union when we get noticed by those on the national scene.”
When asked what he thought brought about the new inclination not to bypass Union, Steward pointed to what he saw as a change of heart in the last election.
“Union County showed in the last election cycle that we will look beyond our county and help others in their elections,” Steward said. “(That) also has garnered Union more respect in Raleigh.”