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North Carolina Legislator Profile Update: John Bradford (R-Mecklenburg)

John Bradford was first elected to the Cornelius Town Board in 2011. While there, he supported hiring a private contractor to operate and build I-77 toll lanes. However, when I-77 became a political liability after he was elected to the NCGA, he changed his position. This type of political “courage” is indicative of the rest of his political career.

Bradford repeatedly failed to protect North Carolina children and families while in the House. Bradford voted to block debate on several common sense gun law reforms, including a “red flag” law that would keep guns out of the hands of people convicted of domestic violence, rape or other violent crimes. Bradford failed to keep N.C. schools safe by blocking these amendments to a school safety bill that was criticized for not doing enough.

Bradford also failed give children the tools they need to succeed. Bradford said, “spending more in education will not magically solve the problems we are facing” despite years of failing to raise per student spending or teacher salaries to the national average.  

Bradford pushed for laws that protect landlords like himself while putting every day North Carolinians at risk. Bradford is a property manager and owns Park Avenue Properties, which faced dozens of complaints according to Better Business Bureau, but still voted in favor of eviction practices that were deemed “unfair and deceptive”.

Bradford used his position in the House to protect himself and his own interests rather than helping the families in his district.

To learn more about Bradford, read on.

“An inanimate object never did anybody any harm without the person behind it doing the harm” – Rep. John Bradford when asked about tougher gun laws (The Charlotte Observer, 3/1/18)

As a Cornelius town commissioner, Bradford supported extending the board’s term and having a private contractor build and operate I-77 toll lanes.

  • As a Cornelius town commissioner, Bradford supported having “a private contractor build and operate toll lanes on Interstate 77.”
  • As a state legislator, Bradford asked the governor to cancel the project to add toll lanes to I-77.

Bradford voted against adding commonsense gun law reforms to a school safety bill.

  • Bradford voted to block debate on amendments Democrats wanted to add to H938, a school safety bill.
  • The amendments would have raised the age to purchase firearms, banned bump stocks, and created a process to take guns from those who are a threat to themselves or others.
  • H938 was described as inadequate, as it didn’t include provisions on gun safety or mental health.

Bradford prioritized tax cuts for corporations over funding public education claiming that “spending more in education will not magically solve the problems we are facing.”

  • Bradford said we need to “financially reward our best and brightest educators” but voted for a budget that gives beginning teachers no raise and only a 0.6 percent raise to experienced teachers.
  • Bradford voted for the 2017 Republican budget that prioritized tax cuts for corporations over funding public education.
  • Bradford supported private school vouchers and voted for the 2017 Republican budget that allocated $45 million to the voucher program.
  • Bradford sponsored H13, which lowered K-3 class sizes to 22 to 24 students but failed to fund the changes.

Bradford is a properties manager who supported an eviction law that was considered “unfair and deceptive practice.”

  • Bradford owns Park Avenue Properties, a property management company that has dozens of complaints filed against it, according to Better Business Bureau.
  • Bradford voted for a bill that prioritized protecting landlords over his own constituents.

To read the full profile, click here.