Candidate ME

This podcast will not only bring you the latest news on the 2017 races, but we're also going to go past the crafted messages and public face of campaigns to show you the art, science and, yes, shenanigans of campaigning. The stuff behind the scenes. This is Candidate ME, a hypothetical campaign to be Charlotte's mayor.

Find episodes of Candidate ME lower on this page. But first, the candidate wants to hear from you. Candidate ME is a fictional candidate going through the steps of running for mayor of Charlotte. Send us your question about campaigns and elections in the box below and we may use it for an episode of this podcast.

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WFAE

It's fall. Halloween is just around the corner and the November election is not far behind. It therefore seems fitting for Candidate ME to delve into one of the true dark arts of campaigns, political advertising.

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WFAE

Yes, Candidate ME was scheduled to be on a break. But then Tuesday, September 12 rolled around, the mayor was voted out, other incumbents were defeated and the Charlotte City Council changed in significant ways.

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Tuesday, September 12, is a make or break day for candidates. It's primary day after all, the day the candidate herd is culled.

What is that day like for political consultants and candidates who have to simply wait for results?

Tom Bullock / WFAE

We're back with a full length episode. And since Tom can't be picked for jury duty for another two years, we'll remain back for the foreseeable future.

This week's episode is all about the race for the District 1 seat on Charlotte's city council. And what a race it is.

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WFAE

Yes, my jury duty is over. But uncertainty over just when it would end (and the sun's sudden brief disappearance) meant I had to push back some key interviews to late in the week. Which left me with too little time to finish up a full podcast this week.

But rest assured – we will be back with a full episode next week.

And it's a doozy.

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WFAE

Have you noticed? Candidate ME hasn't been on the campaign trail this week. Host Tom Bullock puts on his (family friendly) limerick hat to explain why, and when Candidate ME will return, as best he legally can. 

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WFAE

WFAE political reporter Tom Bullock has a new podcast primarily tied to the Charlotte mayor’s race. It also delves into other municipal races.

In this episode, Tom breaks a campaign promise and asks our political gurus for their pick as the biggest broken political promise in Mecklenburg County.

Then Candidate ME takes a look at absentee mail-in ballots - the potential problems and even a recent scandal with them.

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This week, we're saving the best for last. As in the last interview in this episode. It's a rare look inside the world of 'dark money' groups looking to influence you and your vote. These groups can and do keep their donor lists secret and they aren’t known for talking with reporters.

But first, have you ever cold called someone to ask for $5,000? If you have you're likely a political candidate.

Host Tom Bullock learns the ropes of fundraising and makes a few cold calls. And our completely biased political panel is back to talk big money in politics.

Common Cause via NCGA

Lawmakers in North Carolina have long loved to (politically) party with the gerrymander. And both major parties are guilty of twisting districts to help keep themselves in power. With the latest rounds of court ordered redistricting officially now underway, we dig into what the new maps may look like. And Candidate ME talks with Democratic State Senator Jeff Jackson about how he hopes to use the maps to break Republican supermajorities at the General Assembly.

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