This morning, Monday October 12, 2015, Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board Candidate Jeremy Stephenson released 26 endorsements from current and former elected officials for his candidacy to become the next At-Large School Board Member. These endorsements are spread throughout the county and are at all levels of government. This makes Stephenson the clear front-runner in public support for the School Board.
Endorsing Jeremy Stephenson for School Board is a diverse group of NC Senators, NC Representatives, County Commissioners, City Councilman and Commissioners, as well as four current and past school board members. Please see the following two pages for a complete list of endorsements.
Citing Stephenson’s desire to continue CMS’ successful measures is what caused School Board member Tim Morgan to endorse Stephenson. “CMS is entering an era of unprecedented success,” said Morgan. “Student achievement is up, graduation rates are at an all time high, and the achievement gap across all demographic groups is closing. Jeremy is the only candidate committed to making sure we continue on the path we are on by hiring an excellent school focused superintendent, focusing on student achievement, and not making drastic changes to the student assignment plan.”
Especially impressive is the amount of legislative support Stephenson has garnered. Endorsed by a large segment of the County legislative delegation as well as both chairs of committees on education policy and education appropriations in the House, Stephenson’s election would be a huge boost to Mecklenburg County’s ability to work with legislature on educational policy and spending.
In addition to these elected official endorsements, Stephenson is also endorsed by other diverse voices, including more than 30 fellow members of the Mecklenburg County Bar Association, comprising Democrats, Republicans, and Unaffiliated, from large corporate law firms to small and solo firm attorneys. Stephenson is also endorsed by other civic leaders in our community, including, for example, Terri DeBoo, Chase Saunders, David Swimmer, Clifton Vann, IV, Michael Ashley Barnes, John Paul Galles, Luther Moore, Andy Lax, and Rev. Mark Harris.
Stephenson, a shareholder at The McNair Law Firm P.A. practicing labor and employment law, thanked all those who had already supported him for this race as well as the new endorsers. “The wide breadth of support we have received shows that this community wishes for continuity and continued progress in our schools. Let’s not take an unneeded turn, but instead keep the course towards better graduation rates, student achievement scores, and smaller achievement gaps,” said Stephenson.
Stephenson, who launched his campaign in May, has already raised over $40,000 in his race.
JEREMY STEPHENSON ENDORSEMENTS FOR SCHOOL BOARD AT-LARGE
The Hon. Paul Bailey, Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board Member District 6
Mayor Pro-tem Melinda Bales ~ Town of Huntersville
North Carolina Representative Dan Bishop ~ District 104
North Carolina Representative John Bradford ~ District 98
North Carolina Representative Rob Bryan ~ District 88 Chairman, NC House Education Appropriations Committee
Charlotte City Councilman Ed Driggs ~ District 7
Commissioner Jim Duke ~ Town of Cornelius
Commissioner Dave Gilroy ~ Town of Cornelius
North Carolina Representative Craig Horn ~ District 68, Chairman, NC House Education Policy Committee
North Carolina Representative Charles Jeter ~ District 92
Commissioner Rob Kidwell ~ Town of Huntersville
The Hon. John Lassiter, Former Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board and Charlotte City Councilman
The Hon. Rhonda Lennon, Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board Member District 1
Commissioner Christopher Melton ~ Town of Matthews
The Hon. Tim Morgan, Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board Member At-Large
The Hon. Lynn Murphy Wheeler ~ Former Charlotte Mayor Pro-tem
Commissioner Jeff Neely ~ Town of Huntersville
Commissioner Danny Phillips ~ Town of Huntersville
Commissioner Jim Puckett ~ Mecklenburg County Commission District 1
Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour ~ Mecklenburg County Commission District 5
Commissioner John Ross ~ Town of Matthews
NC Senator Bob Rucho ~ District 39
NC Senator Jeff Tarte ~ District 41
Mayor Jim Taylor ~ Town of Matthews
Mayor Chuck Travis ~ Town of Cornelius
Mayor Pro-tem Woody Washam ~ Town of Cornelius