With less than two months until the primary, Republican voters came out to show their support for their candidates of choice at the party’s county convention, held March 10 at Porter Ridge High School.
Voters took part in a straw poll of the various candidates, from the presidential race all the way down to the state level. By a large margin, Union County Republicans turned out for Rick Santorum in the presidential poll. Santorum collected 33 votes, with Mitt Romney coming second, with 11 votes. Newt Gingrich gathered 10 and Ron Paul collected five.
In the Congressional races, Weddington Mayor Pro Tem Daniel Barry won the U.S. District 9 poll, with 10 votes. Former Mecklenburg sheriff and current Mecklenburg county commissioner Jim Pendergraph fell just short, with nine votes. Other local politicians in the poll included former state senator Robert Pittenger, who collected six votes, Charlotte City Council member Andy Dulin, who got two votes and current state Rep. Ric Killian, who collected one vote. Former Charlotte City Council member Edwin Peacock was included in the poll, but failed to gather any votes. Matthews residents Mike Shaeffer and Mike Steinberg also were represented in the poll, with Steinberg picking up six votes and Shaeffer collecting three.
“It’s a big win,” Barry said of the poll. “The delegates compared all 11 candidates and supported my candidacy, rather than falling for the hype, money, elite establishment and spectacle of the professional politicians. I am grateful and honored to have their support.”
In the poll for the U.S. District 8, Vernon Robinson won with 10 votes. Second place went to Scott Hudson, with five votes, while Whitney had three, Scott Keadle had one and Fred Steen didn’t get any.
In a poll for the Republican nominee for governor, former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory collected the majority of support, with 55 votes. Dan Forest received 51 votes in the poll for lieutenant governor.
In the five person race to be the Republican nominee for state superintendent of public schools, it was Union County Board of Education member David Scholl taking a clear win with 34 votes. Second place went to John Tedesco, with 14 votes and former Union County Republican Men’s Club president Rick Alexander collected eight votes.
Richard Johnson won the poll for N.C. House District 55, gathering 22 votes, while John Barker finished second with 15. Matthew Brody was last with nine. In the House District 69 poll, current Union County Board of Education chair Dean Arp finished first with 44 votes. Union County Planning Board member Jeff Gerber collected seven.