John Bradford John R. Bradford, III, was first elected to public office in 2011 as a Cornelius Town Commissioner and was re-elected to a second term in 2013. Prior to being elected as a Cornelius Town Commissioner, John served as a Cornelius PARC Commissioner. John is the CEO & Founder of Park Avenue Properties, a Cornelius based residential property management and real estate investment firm with operations in three states and eight cities.

Prior to starting his own business, John was a Sales Manager and Sales Executive with IBM Corporation for 10 years and was an Environmental Engineer with ExxonMobil Corporation for 4 years. John earned an Engineering degree from Clemson University (1996) and an Executive MBA degree from the University of Memphis (2000).

In 2012, John was awarded and recognized as the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year. He was also awarded and recognized by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce as the Most Business Friendly Cornelius Town Commissioner. John currently serves on several national and local Boards such as the National Association of Residential Property Managers, Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Visit Lake Norman, United Way of Central Carolinas, Entrepreneur’s Organization Charlotte Chapter, Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization, Friends of the Animals and Pi Kappa Phi National Fraternity Housing Corporation. He is also a Rotarian and a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church.

John has been married to Shea Bradford for 13 years and has four children ages 11, 9, 7 and 7.


Elected Officials Endorsing John R. Bradford, III:

  • US Senator Richard Burr
  • US Congressman Richard Hudson
  • US Congressman Robert Pittenger
  • NC Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest
  • NC Senator District 39 Robert Rucho
  • NC Senator District 41 Jeff Tarte
  • NC Speaker of the House Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg 98)
  • NC Representative Bill Brawley (R-Meckelenburg 103)
  • NC Representative Rob Bryan (R-Mecklenburg 88)
  • NC Representative Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg 92)
  • NC Representative Ruth Samuelson (R-Mecklenburg 104)
  • NC Representative Jason Saine (R-Lincoln 97)
  • Mecklenburg County Commissioner Karen Bentley (District 1)
  • Mecklenburg County Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour (District 5)
  • Mecklenburg County School Board Vice-Chairman Tim Morgan (At-Large)
  • Mecklenburg County School Board Member Rhonda Lennon (District 1)
  • Mecklenburg County School Board Member Paul Bailey (District 6)
  • Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis
  • Cornelius Mayor Pro-Tem Woody Washam
  • Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy
  • Cornelius Commissioner Jim Duke
  • Huntersville Mayor Pro-Tem Melinda Bales
  • Huntersville Commissioner Danny Phillips
  • Huntersville Commissioner Rob Kidwell
  • Huntersville Commissioner Ron Julian
  • Charlotte City Councilman Kenny Smith (District 6)
  • Charlotte City Councilman Ed Driggs (District 7)
  • Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors Dempsey Miller
  • Former Charlotte Mayoral Candidate & City Council Member Edwin B. Peacock, III
  • Former Cornelius Commissioner Jim Bensman
  • Former Cornelius Commissioner Jeff Hare
  • Former Cornelius Commissioner Bruce Trimbur
  • Former Cornelius Mayor Gary Knox
  • 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
  • Former Mecklenburg County Republican Party Chair Lee Teague
  • Former County Commissioner Jim Puckett
  • Former County Commissioner Dan Bishop