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4.5.06 - A Supporter Of My Opponent Threatens Citizens with Tax Increase If Public Re-Elect's Rhodes

Comments Prompt Probe with State Agencies in Raleigh

North Mecklenburg, NC. - Today, the primary contest for the State House District 98 seat heated up when a town councilman of the town of Cornelius, threatened voters into voting for Rhodes' opponent and used his Cornelius newsletter to do so. The following is a quote from his "Newsletter: West Catawba Update; Transportation Plan; Roads versus Rhodes" distributed at 10:09 am yesterday to recipients in North Mecklenburg.

"Lastly, expect an increase in Cornelius property taxes if John Rhodes gets re-elected to the NC House. Since Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville have lost or have at risk almost $8M of State road funding, we will have to fund that and future road construction out of local revenues. Mr. Rhodes hasn't demonstrated any ability to get road funding into his District. This problem will not be solved by the results of the Jim Black situation." Cornelius Town Councilman Jim Bensman

District 98 Representative Rhodes responded with the following statement:

"While it is clear the town concilman supports my opponent, it is not clear as to why. My opponent can have no more effect on getting more money for roads than I have. Contrary to statements about $8 million in state road funding, the road construction schedule is not determined by my office or my hopeful opponent."

"The allegations of diversion of funds and possible coercion of the elections process by the town councilman and a recent similar statement concerning a diversion of transportation funds made by a Huntersville town councilman have prompted further probing on the matter through other state agencies in Raleigh working with my office."

Rhodes urged his opponent to distance himself with supporters who would distribute misleading and inaccurate information by his supporters during this primary contest.

Republican primary voters may vote on May 2nd, 2006 at their local precinct for Representative John W. Rhodes.


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