Q: How has your background prepared you for office?
A: I believe my family, faith, business experience and public service has uniquely prepared me to serve in the NC House. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 13 years and we have four children. We are members of St. Mark’s Catholic Church.
I am serving my second term as a Cornelius Town Commissioner. In this role, I have protected tax payers’ dollars by voting twice to lower and then maintain our Town’s tax rate. I am a former Cornelius PARC Commissioner and I serve on the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Board among many other non-profit Boards.
As a small business owner I understand first-hand the serious issues that are negatively affecting business expansion and growth. Despite these challenges I have still grown a successful business. In September, the Charlotte Business Journal named my company to the 2014 list of “Charlotte’s Fast 50.” In August, Inc. magazine ranked my company No. 1,352 out of the top 5,000 fastest growing privately owned companies in America. Of the top 5,000 only 146 are from NC and, of these, we are No. 16. I am ready to take my business experience to Raleigh.
Q: Why are you running for office?
A: I am running because I believe that NC needs legislators who can bring deliberate leadership, business relevance and government experience to their Office. I believe that NC needs continued focus on stimulating our economy, recruiting new companies, creating new jobs, investing in education, paying competitive salaries to educators, eliminating entitlements to those capable of helping themselves and removing government inefficiencies.
I started my own small business, Park Avenue Properties, in 2003. Since then I have worked incredibly hard to grow aggressively but also responsibly. My company’s headquarters is located in District 98 and I have created over 50 new jobs. My formula for success is based on the old fashioned way of doing things: a lot of determination, many long days and nights, plenty of hard work, a common sense approach, a little good luck, and absolutely NO government assistance. I look forward to taking that same approach to government in Raleigh.
Bradford endorsed by the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to Law Enforcement
Cornelius, NC: NC State House District 98 candidate John R. Bradford, III, continues to garner public endorsements from the men and women in uniform serving our community. Today, Bradford announced that the NC Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Charlotte-Mecklenburg Lodge #9 has selected him as their candidate of choice for the NC House District 98 race.
This latest endorsement, combined with Monday’s endorsement from the Charlotte Fire Fighters Association (CFFA), makes Bradford the only candidate for District 98 that’s publicly supported by two well known organizations comprised of men and women in uniform who risk their lives every day for our community’s safety.
“The relationship between our community and our police force is a sacred covenant that I take very seriously,” said Bradford. “That is why the FOP’s endorsement makes me very proud. We need to make sure that we stand by our police officers who work every day to protect our community.”
The FOP is the nation’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to making the profession of law enforcement better for police officers, deputy sheriff’s, state and federal officers all over the country. Today, the tradition that was first envisioned over 93 years ago lives on with more than 2,100 local lodges and more than 327,000 members in the United States. The FOP is made up of proud professionals working on behalf of law enforcement officers from all ranks and levels of government. More information is available including their candidate recommendations on their website at www.ncfoplodge9.org.