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Legislator Profile: John Bradford (R-Mecklenburg)

In this Real Facts Legislator Profile, we focus on Representative John Bradford, the Republican from House District 98. Before joining the General Assembly, Bradford was elected to the Cornelius Town Board in 2011. While there, he sought to cancel elections and have the town board elected every three years instead of two.  

Bradford was one of the co-sponsors of HB2. One year later, he co-sponsored a failed HB2 repeal bill that would make local anti-discrimination measures subject to a public referendum.

 “I voted to restore common sense regulations for North Carolina citizen’s rights to privacy in bathrooms and changing facilities.” – Rep. John Bradford, after voting for HB2

Bradford has shown time and again that he believes tax cuts are more important than public education. Bradford said, “spending more in education will not magically solve the problems we are facing” and “we need to continue holding everyone accountable and find ways to cut bureaucratic and unnecessary expenses that we incur outside the classroom.” He voted for the 2017 Republican budget that continues the trend of cutting taxes for the wealth few rather than raising per pupil spending. Bradford said “we need to financially reward our best and brightest educators” but voted for the Republican budget that gives beginning teachers no raise, and only a 0.6 percent raise to experienced teachers and per pupil spending has actually gone down in the budgets he voted on. Read more on Bradford here

Summary:

Bradford sponsored HB2 then co-sponsored the failed “compromise” HB186

  • John Bradford co-sponsored House Bill 2 “‘to restore common sense regulations for North Carolina citizen’s rights to privacy in bathrooms and changing facilities,’” he said.
  • Cooper compared the HB186 to “putting the Civil Rights Act to a popular vote in cities in the South during the 1960s”

Bradford repeatedly paid his taxes late, but voted to raise sales taxes on working families.

  • John Bradford and his companies have paid their property taxes late at least four times and were assessed at least $206 in interest due to these late payments.

Bradford prioritizes tax cuts over funding public education

  • Bradford said, “Spending more in education will not magically solve the problems we are facing.”
  • Bradford voted for the 2017 Republican budget that prioritizes tax cuts over funding public education.

As a Cornelius town commissioner, Bradford supported cancelling elections and having a private contractor build and operate the I-77 toll lanes, which he now opposes.

Read more on Bradford here