Charlotte , NC –
Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 2, the North Carolina Democratic Party will conduct a hearing to consider formal complaints filed after Mackey was elected by Democrats last December to replace former Mecklenburg County Sheriff Jim Pendergraph. The hearing is scheduled to last several hours, and will air live on The Government Channel, Time Warner Cable Ch. 16. It will also be streaming on the City/County web site, www.charmeck.org.
The hearing takes place in the meeting chamber of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center at 600 E. 4 th Street in uptown Charlotte. It will be conducted like a trial, with attorneys and witnesses presenting evidence to the North Carolina Democratic Party's Council of Review. After reviewing the testimony, the Council is expected to announce a decision regarding whether the Party's rules were violated and whether violations, if any, had a material adverse impact upon the Sheriff's Election.
The following will apply for those attending the hearing:
- The Government Center will open at 9am.
- No eating of drinking in the chamber.
- Do not sit in seating sections that are reserved for participants in the hearing and the media.
- No banners or signs will be allowed in the chamber.
- Hand-held banners and signs are permitted in the lobby and the outside plaza, but signs must not be attached to sticks.
- Anyone who is disruptive to the proceeding can be removed at the discretion of the chairman of the Council.
- Seating in the chamber is limited to 270 people. Overflow seating will be in a nearby room with large screen television coverage of the proceedings.
- Once the Council has announced its decision, guests will be expected to leave the building.
Special accommodations will be made for the handicapped.
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Media Contact: Roger W. Kortekaas at (W)704-336-2597 (C)704-579-0258 or Roger.Kortekaas@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov