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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Money talks, but, with Joel Ford, only behind closed doors.


My state senator, Democrat Joel Ford- whose "new ideas" campaign for mayor of Charlotte led him to lead a charge to replace HB2 with the Republicans' Son of HB2, only no one followed him, apparently has another idea: he wants to legalize medical marijuana.

Campaign finance transparency, however, isn't among his two big ideas so far:
Signaling what could be one of Charlotte’s most competitive mayoral primaries, Democratic Sen. Joel Ford has raised more than $200,000, a campaign official said Tuesday. 
Ford is one of four announced challengers to Democratic Mayor Jennifer Roberts. 
...It’s unclear how much Ford’s rivals had raised through March. 
Roberts reported having raised $68,000 by the end of December, with $44,653 on hand. Democrat Vi Lyles, the mayor pro tem, reported having $2,500 at year’s end. 
Republican Kenny Smith, a city council member, reported $65,500 on hand at the end of the year. 
Ford’s campaign declined to disclose any donors.

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