Saturday, July 21, 2007

Mayoral race and immigration

Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory (a Republican) will have to face an opponent in a primary, something he doesn’t always have to do, or wins easily. The difference now is that many Republicans are angry about a transit tax to fund light rail, and his opponent—school board member Ken Gjertsen—is against the tax. In an off year election, turnout will be really low, so anything can happen. (Here is another story with a link to a quick TV interview I did yesterday).

However, Gjertsen has also said that illegal immigration will be part of his campaign. He just filed yesterday, so has not defined that position, or what city he considers a model for immigration law. Although County Commissioners have periodically (and unsuccessfully) tried to pass laws in that regard, the city has not.


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