Many political insiders have written this race off or haven’t been paying attention. Mistake. Polling indicates rapid and thorough deterioration of Harper Peterson’s image numbers after a sustained mail campaign. Lee’s TV ads strike the same chord. Voters find information about Peterson’s failure to pay taxes while raising property taxes, sponsoring self-serving legislation, and his dismal record with women over a 25-year political career believable and disqualifying. This is a jump ball race.
While Harper Peterson has been delinquent on his own property taxes forty-two times, on the Wilmington City Council he voted to raise property taxes by over twelve percent.
A development company Harper Peterson started went out of business after he was sued for fraud and shady business practices.
In a 2002 editorial, the Wilmington Morning Star wrote, quote, Wilmington Mayor Harper Peterson knows what to do about strong women who don't always agree with him: he fires them.
Harper Peterson supports a complete government takeover of the health care system - a plan which would eliminate all private and employer-provided health insurance plans, eliminate Medicaid, and cost 32 trillion dollars, requiring the doubling of personal and business income taxes on every single American just to pay for it.
Harper Peterson voted against giving a two thousand dollar per year pay raise to North Carolina teachers and raising their salaries to fifty-four thousand dollars, on average.
Voters enthusiastically support Michael Lee for SD 9 after hearing these messages:
Michael Lee understands that our top priority right now is keeping North Carolinians safe from the coronavirus, getting personal protective equipment to first responders and healthcare providers, and making sure citizens have access to rapid COVID-19 tests.
Michael Lee raised salaries for North Carolina's teachers by nine thousand dollars when he was in the legislature and now public school teachers earn fifty-four thousand dollars per year on average.
Michael Lee led the fight to fix the Gen X pollution problem and ensure our drinking water is clean and safe. He championed a law that invests over ten million dollars and gives Governor Cooper the authority to shut down the Chemours plant responsible for dumping Gen X into our rivers.
In the legislature, Michael Lee fought for state employees, providing all state employees with a five percent raise.