NC Governor Pat McCrory Endorses NC House Candidate John Bradford

Bradford cited by Governor as “a successful entrepreneur” with a “common sense approach to business and government.”

Cornelius, NC: Cornelius Commissioner John R. Bradford, III, announced today the endorsement of his candidacy by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. With this endorsement Bradford continues to build strong momentum in his campaign for the NC House by continuing to receive support from local and statewide leaders.

GovPatMcCrory_web“Commissioner John Bradford is a successful Entrepreneur who started and grew his business from the ground up. His success as a business owner and local job creator is further confirmed by his company’s selection by Inc. as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in America,” said Governor McCrory. “John is also a proven and tested elected official. His reasonable and common sense approach to business and government will serve District 98 and North Carolinians very well in the North Carolina House of Representatives.”

Before serving as Governor, Pat McCrory was Mayor of the City of Charlotte for seven terms, presiding over a business boom in North Carolina’s largest city. His common sense approach to government and business is mirrored by Bradford, who wishes to help create the same results for his district.

0U0B1262“Governor McCrory helped preside over the growth of Charlotte into an economic powerhouse. I am proud to have his support of my abilities,” said Bradford. “The Governor’s endorsement continues to demonstrate that my campaign is backed by experienced business leaders and elected officials who work together to create growth and economic opportunity for District 98.”

With this endorsement, John Bradford continues to solidify his position as the most qualified candidate for the NC House District 98 seat.

Bradford Endorsed by Charlotte Observer


Three Republicans are vying in a primary for the N.C. House 98 seat being vacated by House Speaker Thom Tillis, who is running for the U.S Senate. All three – John Bradford, Sharon Hudson and Lynette Rinker – are touting conservative credentials to match Tillis’ record.

We are not likely to agree with any of them on many issues just as we have frequently been at odds with Tillis. But their philosophy matches many in this district.

Hudson is a political newcomer who does not have the experience or knowledge of the issues that Bradford and Rinker bring. So the choice is essentially between Rinker and Bradford, who were both on the Cornelius Town Council (Bradford still is). Rinker was twice elected to the board and served as both mayor pro tem and mayor. Bradford also was elected twice.

They both highlight their business experience. Bradford is CEO and Founder of Park Avenue Properties, a business he grew into one of the largest real estate investment firms in the state. He also worked at IBM as a sales manager and sales executive and was an environmental engineer with ExxonMobil.

Rinker is business manager for Isaacs + Associates Architects, a Cornelius architecture firm. She also was once director of budgets and facilities planning for the University of South Carolina.

They share very similar views on the issues with both favoring lower taxes, the General Assembly’s tax reforms, providing adequately for education and ensuring that regulations are not burdening businesses.

Either would be consistent with the majority in this district and those constituents’ interests. The winner faces Democrat Natasha Marcus in November.

We give the nod to Bradford, who is better versed on the issues facing the state and the district, and more thoughtful and straight-forward in how he would tackle them.

Bradford says he will be an informed and deliberate representative who will listen to all constituents and weigh the pros and cons of each issue before reaching a conclusion. Constituents should hold him to that. He also said he will continue to be accessible and available to anyone in the district.

He has shown an ability to think creatively about problems and to get things done. We recommend John Bradford.

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A Letter from Congressman Robert Pittenger

I received this email today. I’m incredibly honored by US Congressman Pittenger’s confidence my candidacy and me. I am truly moved. -JRB

Dear John: I applaud you for the positive manner in which you have run your campaign. As well, I am impressed that you have made clear statements regarding your positions on very important issues. The voters have a right to know that you have an A rating with NRA, are pro-life and seek to preserve the traditional family, and as a successful small businessman, understand the fundamental elements of building a strong economy with a low tax and regulation burden. Governor Martin recruited me to run for State Senate in 2002 because he stated we needed more businessmen in Raleigh. In like manner, your business acumen and leadership can be very meaningful for our state.

Robert Pittenger
United States Representative, North Carolina – 9th Congressional District

Commissioner John R. Bradford, III, Officially Files for NC House of Representatives – District 98

February 14, 2014 — Charlotte, NC: Cornelius Commissioner John R. Bradford, III, officially filed today for the North Carolina House of Representatives District 98 seat at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections in Charlotte, NC. Joining Bradford were his wife Shea, four children, friends, and members of his campaign team.

“While the snow and ice covered roads prevented many of our friends from joining us, I was honored to still have so many people brave the road conditions to join me at my official filing,” said Bradford. “It is evident from the support I have been given thus far in the campaign that we have a strong and committed group to help me take my common sense, pro-business approach to Raleigh. I am excited about our campaign leadership team and my extensive list of public endorsements speak for itself. We have much to do for the Primary election on May 6th and we have a solid foundation to build upon. We plan to have fun and enjoy the ride along the way.”

John Bradford’s campaign has been endorsed by 17 elected officials and community leaders including: NC Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, NC Senator Jeff Tarte, Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors Chairman Dempsey Miller, Cornelius Mayor Pro-Tem Woody Washam, Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy, Cornelius Commissioner Jim Duke, Former Cornelius Commissioner Jeff Hare, Former Cornelius Commissioner Bruce Trimbur, Former Cornelius Commissioner Jim Bensman, Former Cornelius Mayor Gary Knox, Huntersville Commissioner Danny Phillips, Huntersville Commissioner Rob Kidwell, Former Huntersville Commissioner Brian Sisson, Former Lake Norman Chamber Chairman Wendy Moran, Former Lake Norman Chamber Chairman Robert Reed, Former Lake Norman Chamber Chairman John Hettwer and Former Mecklenburg County Republican Party Chair Lee Teague.

Wendy Moran and John Hettwer Named Co-Leaders of “Business & Community Leaders for Bradford” Advocacy Group

The John R. Bradford, III, campaign is privileged to announce that the most recent past Chairwoman of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Wendy Moran, and another past Chamber Chairman, John Hettwer, are co-leaders of the “Business & Community Leaders for Bradford” advocacy group. These two community leaders understand first-hand the incredible value and positive impact of the business community within District 98. They are supporting John Bradford’s candidacy because of his proven track record in being a trusted advocate for the business community and his continued commitment to economic development.

Mallory Hedinger Named Campaign Multi-Media Chairwoman

The Elect Bradford campaign is pleased to announce Mallory Hedinger as our Multi-Media Chairwoman. Mallory has 5+ years of marketing and graphic design experience. She designed the campaign’s logo and website,, and is actively managing other multi-media facets of the campaign.

‘Under 40 For Bradford’ social event this Thursday at the Port City Club!

The ‘Under 40 for Bradford’ advocacy group is hosting a social event with local friends and colleagues this Thursday, January 23rd, from 6:30-8:30pm at the Port City Club in Cornelius, NC.

North Carolina State House District 98 candidate, John Bradford, will make an appearance to share about his campaign and greet our guests.

This is a great opportunity to hear about John’s campaign, network with friends and colleagues, engage and get involved.

Aquesta Insurance President Denis Bilodeau Named Campaign Finance Chairman

John R. Bradford, III, is proud to have Aquesta Insurance President Denis Bilodeau as his Finance Chairman for his NC State House District 98 campaign. Denis sits on numerous charitable and non-profit boards of directors and is a highly respected leader within the Lake Norman business community. Denis is guiding the campaign in its financial support efforts and is lending his insight and expertise about the District 98 region drawn from his many years as a successful business owner here.

“It is an honor and a pleasure to have Denis on board!” said Bradford.

Cornelius Commissioner John R. Bradford, III, Formally Launches NC House Campaign; Releases Endorsements, Steering Committee, and Advocacy Group Leaders

Commissioner Bradford supported by endorsers and supporters as the best conservative pro-business choice to represent NC House District 98.


Johh R. Bradford, III (L) and North Carolina State Senator, Jeff Tarte (R)

January 14, 2014 — Davidson, NC:   Cornelius Commissioner John R. Bradford, III, surrounded by family, friends, and supporters, formally launched his campaign to be the next Representative from the 98th District to the North Carolina House at the North Harbor Club in Davidson, NC.  Bradford was introduced by former Cornelius Mayor and North Carolina State Senator Jeff Tarte, who called Bradford, “the next great leader for North Mecklenburg.”

“John Bradford has extensive business and government experience that we need in the North Carolina House,” said Tarte. “Coming from humble beginnings, John built an extremely successful local business all while serving his community in an Elected position.  District 98 will be very fortunate to continue the trend of having a pro-business conservative serve them in the NC House.”

Bradford acknowledged that he has received an outpouring of support for his campaign as well as from elected officials. “I am honored that so many people believe in my ability to bring relevant and common sense business principles to the North Carolina House,” said Bradford. “I am looking forward to representing District 98’s hard working families and our community businesses.”

Along with his endorsements Bradford announced his Campaign Steering Committee and Advocacy Group Leaders.  When Bradford was asked about his campaign team he said “Several well known and well respected business and community leaders have graciously volunteered to help my campaign.  I’m honored to work with each one of them.  They are working hard planning events and building their respective advocacy groups. We will release advocacy group endorsements throughout the campaign. It’s hard work but we are having a lot of fun.”

Cornelius Commissioner John R. Bradford, III, to Hold Formal NC House of Representatives District 98 Campaign Launch On Friday, January 17th

Cornelius Commissioner John R. Bradford, III, to Hold Formal NC House of Representatives District 98 Campaign Launch On Friday, January 17th

Senator Jeff Tarte Will Speak At Campaign Launch Event Held at The North Harbor Club In Davidson, NC.

January 14, 2014 — Cornelius, NC: Cornelius Commissioner John R. Bradford, III, will be formally launching his campaign for the NC House of Representatives District 98 at The North Harbor Club in Davidson, NC, at 10:00AM on Friday, January 17th. Bradford will be releasing his campaign steering committee, additional public endorsements, and advocacy group leaders.

Commissioner Bradford will be joined at the podium by his family, his campaign team and several well-known District 98 business and community leaders. All are welcome to attend. Press will be provided with releases and press packets.

Who: Cornelius Commissioner John R. Bradford, III; NC House of Representatives District 98 Campaign Launch

Where: The North Harbor Club, 100 N. Harbor Place Drive, Davidson, NC

When: January 17th, 10:00AM