MATTHEWS – Bill Brawley is planning a return to the North Carolina General Assembly.
Brawley, who served in the N.C. House of Representatives from 2011 to 2018. announced his intent to campaign for the District 103 seat, currently held by Rachel Hunt. Hunt edged out Brawley from the seat by 68 votes in the 2018 election, which saw a “blue wave” of Democratic challengers defeat incumbent Republicans throughout the region.
Having been out of politics for a couple of years, Brawley sees how partisanship is causing gridlock on important issues, such as education, human trafficking and state road improvements.
“I have a record of doing what is best for my district, even if it means respectfully opposing the leadership of either or sometimes both parties,” Brawley said. “I’m a reliable vote for good policy that benefits the people of Mecklenburg County.”
Brawley can rattle off bills in which he’s bridged partisan divides.
In 2011, he worked to extend the expiration of the earned income tax credit, as well as allow citizens to recover legal fees if they successfully sued a city or county to defend themselves from an illegal act by the municipality.
In 2013, he introduced a bill to reorganize how the state funds roads.
In 2015, he led the effort to defend Mecklenburg County’s local sales tax from being spread out to other counties.
In 2018, he strengthened human trafficking laws.
Charlotte City Councilman Ed Driggs describes Brawley as a clear thinker who is analytical and well informed on issues.
Driggs mentioned how Brawley thwarted efforts by state lawmakers to divert Mecklenburg County’s sales tax revenue to other counties as a key achievement.
“He introduced a data-driven, rational approach to funding transportation, which resulted in millions of dollars coming to Mecklenburg County,” Driggs said. “I always found Bill to be accessible and concerned for the citizens and just a good friend. I would be very happy to see him back in the House.”
Mint Hill Commissioner Dale Dalton said Brawley is knowledgeable and passionate about his legislative work.
“This is something he knows forwards and backwards,” Dalton said. “When he goes up to Raleigh and is speaking, he knows what he’s talking about. It’s not just fluff.”
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