James to seek ninth term on commission

Anti-gay county commissioner supports amendment banning marriage, civil unions

by Matt Comer  Editor  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: December 2, 2011 in News

CHARLOTTE — Republican Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James announced Friday that he intends to seek a ninth term on the board. James and other commissioners are up for reelection in 2012.

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“While filing doesn’t open for a few more months and Christmas approaches, I just wanted to send you a quick note outlining my intent to run again for re-election because I believe the Commission needs a rock-solid and un-wavering conservative Republican voice representing the people of District 6,” James said in the email announcement.

Two board members have already announced they will not be seeking reelection. Commission Chairman Jennifer Roberts, a Democrat, and Vice Chairman Jim Pendergraph, a Republican, are both leaving the body.

In his announcement Friday, James indicated that he will support an anti-LGBT state constitutional amendment banning marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.

“Next May’s primary election will include a Constitutional ballot amendment to limit marriage to ‘one man-one woman,’” James said. “I fully support this and hope that you will vote YES.”

James has made a name for himself for his opposition to several LGBT equality initiatives. He’s come under scrutiny for inappropriate behavior and slurs over the past several years.

Last year, James made waves when he compared gay people to pedophiles. The outrage over his comments spread nationally, leading to a petition campaign that collected more than 20,000 signatures. Though censure was discussed by his county commission colleagues, they later scrapped the idea in favor of a weak “equality resolution” for which James himself even voted.