Welcome, election year

Filing for local races ends July 15

by Kara Lopp

Election season is here again.

Come November, voters will choose town mayor and commissioners in both Matthews and Mint Hill and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education members. Filing for all positions started Friday, July 1 and will run through Friday, July 15 at noon.

Current elected officials who had filed for re-election by press time include:

Matthews
• Commissioner Paul Bailey

Mint Hill
• Mayor Ted Biggers
• Commissioner Lloyd Austin
• Commissioner Mickey Ellington
• Commissioner Tina Ross

The challengers, so far, include:

Matthews

Town commissioner:
• Joseph Pata, a 50-year-old vice president and project manager with Bank of America who currently serves as an at-large commissioner on the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Commission. A native of Queens, N.Y., he has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from St. Johns University and an MBA in Management Information Systems from Pace University.

Pata has four children. His family attends St. Matthew Catholic Church where he serves as a Eucharistic Minister.

Mint Hill

Mayor:
• Jean Bonner, is a 56-year-old Mint Hill native who owns Angels Rest Day Spa. Bonner is a graduate of Independence High School and has an associate’s degree in communications from Wingate University.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Current school board District 6 member Tim Morgan, who represents Matthews and Mint Hill, is running for an at-large seat. His challengers, so far, include:

• Elyse Dashew, a 41-year-old mother of two children in the district. The Charlotte resident has a bachelor of arts degree from Brown University and formerly ran Beowulf Inc., a small publishing company. She has served as a PTA officer and as chair of the School Leadership Team at Smith Language Academy. Dashew also is a co-founder of the grassroots group MeckFUTURE, an organization formed to unite families from more than 40 schools in support of sufficient school funding.

• Keith Hurley, a 45-year-old banking industry executive who lives near SouthPark. The 20-year Charlotte resident said he grew up surrounded by educators, with both parents and other family members serving as teachers. Hurley has a bachelor’s degree in finance from The State University of New York. He has three children, a rising fifth grader and twin rising second graders at Beverly Woods Elementary.

• DeShauna McLamb (could not be reached by press time)

• Hans Peter Plotseneder, or “Dr. Plots,” teaches business and German at West Mecklenburg High School and previously taught at Independence High School, where four of his five children graduated. The 66-year-old has a Ph.D. in social and economic sciences and a master’s in education. A resident of Charlotte’s Hickory Grove area, Plotseneder previously served as a vice president at Bank of America, president and CEO of a software company in Atlanta and the worldwide program manager for ergonomics and human factors at IBM. He has two grand­children.

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