Mint Hill candidate forumn

Beverly Blake Cannaday, Brad Simmons, Mike Cochrane, Richard “Fig” Newton and Patrick Holton participate in a candidate forum in October 2019. CMG file photo 

MINT HILL – Retired banking executive Mike Cochrane will not run for a third term on the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners in 2021, opening up an opportunity for at least one new member.

Commissioners Dale Dalton, Patrick Holton and Tony Long are running for reelection.

Challengers Beverly Blake Cannaday, Scott Fandel, Twanna Henderson, Richard “Fig” Newton and Rhonda Walker filed campaign paperwork with the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections by the July 16 deadline.

Newton served as a commissioner from 2015 to 2019. He opted to run for mayor instead of seek a third term. Cannaday ran in the 2019 election, falling 339 votes shy of the fourth available seat.

Mayor Brad Simmons will be running unopposed for a second term.

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