In a surprise move the Charlotte Observer editorial board endorsed Jim Pendergraph over Jeniffer Roberts.
The Charlotte Observer says Roberts has "failed to take adequate responsibility for the county's many failures over the past two years, and has failed to hold top county staff accountable for those failures."
"On her watch, a county employee embezzled thousands of dollars from the county's Giving Tree charity for low-income children. More recently, federal officials criticized county leadership for failing to hold one of the county's largest mental health contractors accountable for its poor record-keeping. The former head of Mecklenburg Open Door racked up about $200,000 in unauthorized loans and credit card expenses."
"But both instances point to a severe lack of controls and proper oversight by county leadership. Roberts and County Manager Harry Jones did little to instill confidence that they were taking these problems seriously until public pressure forced them to do so."
The Charlotte Observer endorses Pendergraph and the two Democrats Dan Murrey and Harold Cogdell.
While Cedar Posts agrees with the Charlotte Observer regarding Roberts, it is abundantly clear that Cogdell and Murrey are equally at fault and are cast from the same mold.
Voting for Dan Ramirez, and Corey Thompson in addition to Jim Pendergraph will ensure that sanity is restored to the Mecklenburg BOCC.