July 7th, 2014 – Cornelius, NC: With the general election already underway in earnest in the 98th District, Commissioner John Bradford’s campaign continued to make strides in shoring up local support with the endorsement of District 1 Mecklenburg County Commissioner Karen Bentley. Commissioner Bentley has served 8 years on the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners and is not running for re-election this term.
“Creating and sustaining jobs are important drivers for the future vitality of the Lake Norman region. Government policy that allows businesses and families to thrive will ensure a bright future for District 98,” stated Bentley. “John Bradford’s success in starting and growing his business in District 98 demonstrates that he understands the value of business-friendly policies. He also understands that when government turns its back on small business we all pay the price; high unemployment, greater dependence on government assistance and lost dreams. I am supporting John because he knows what it means to roll up his sleeves and get the job done; he knows the implications of a strong economic environment in the health and welfare of our community; and he knows the importance of listening to his constituents. He will take these attributes to Raleigh and work on our behalf to make sure District 98 – and the State of North Carolina – continues to be a great place to call home.”
When asked about Commissioner Bentley’s endorsement Bradford said, “Mecklenburg County Commissioner Karen Bentley has been a tireless advocate for common sense conservative policies in our County. I truly appreciate her kind words and her confidence in my abilities. I would also like to thank Commissioner Bentley for her years of distinguished service. She has been a great representative to the folks in District 1 and will be missed.”
John Bradford’s campaign has now been supported by 21 elected officials and community leaders including: US Congressman Robert Pittenger, NC Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, NC House Speaker Thom Tillis, NC Senator Jeff Tarte, Mecklenburg County Commissioner Karen Bentley, Mecklenburg Soil and Water Commission Chair Dempsey Miller, Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis, 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 Chairwoman 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.