Last week candidates for local office filed campaign finance reports and the news was good for Charlotte mayoral candidate, Anthony Foxx. He leads his Republican opponent in money raised and cash on hand. In the latest filing period, Foxx reports raising almost $250,000 and Lassiter reports raising $137,000. As of mid October, Foxx had $267,000 on hand with Lassiter having $184,000. It wasn't long ago the Lassiter campaign was touting its superior fundraising numbers.
More good news can be found in the voter registration numbers. While registered Democrats are decreasing in numbers faster than registered Republicans in North Carolina, Mecklenburg County shows the reverse is true. There was a greater drop in the number of registered Republicans October '09 over November '08 than Democrats according to numbers provided by Stephen Gheen. (PDF) Also, between September 2009 and October 2009 Mecklenburg led the rest of the state in Dem registration.
Foxx has run a positive campaign and has met with voters at every chance. Lassiter has shown up for the most part, but he has complained about forum or debate rules immediately prior to most events giving some folks closely following this election reason to believe he's working in panic mode.
Anthony Foxx appears to have the momentum to win this race. Charlotte hasn't had a Democrat serve as mayor since Sue Myrick took office at the end of 1987. As tired as I am of this whole "change" mantra, this is one time I can embrace it. We don't need McCrory lite. Vote Foxx at the polls on Tuesday.