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Stone Statement on Revolving Door of CMS Superintendents

CMS Board is Responsible for the Revolving Door of Superintendents

Former NC Rep. Scott Stone holds the CMS Board accountable for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ continuous failures of its superintendents.

“The CMS Board is responsible for the ongoing revolving door of superintendents. Our school district will have its seventh superintendent in just over 10 years due to the Board’s inability to select qualified leaders who will focus on education, instead of keeping the status quo.”

Earnest Winston leaves CMS after less than three years as superintendent. After 15 years with CMS, the CMS Board selected Winston as the status-quo choice despite the district’s need for new ideas and a focus on academic achievement.

“While CMS continued to experience declining academic performance, the Board granted Winston a new four-year contract and a raise last year. It’s time for the CMS Board to prioritize educational excellence and stop pushing political agendas through controversial programs such as Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Social Emotional Learning (SEL).”

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About Scott Stone – Stone is a former NC State Representative from Mecklenburg County. As a member of the NC General Assembly, he served on the House K-12 Education Committee. Stone has two daughters who both attended Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools from Kindergarten through High School. He is a candidate for NC State Senate, District 42. 

Approximately $1 Billion of the revenues of CMS annually comes from the State of North Carolina.

North Carolina’s Largest Law Enforcement Association Endorses Stone

Former NC Rep. Scott Stone (R-Meck) has received the endorsement of the North Carolina Police Benevolent Association in his bid for NC Senate District 42. The NCPBA’s endorsement of Stone is for both the primary election in May and the general election in November.

“Stone also demonstrated to the North Carolina PBA that he is committed to making strong, effective law enforcement a priority in his campaign. That is why the NCPBA is proud to announce their support by endorsing Scott Stone for the North Carolina Senate in District 42,” said David Rose, NC Division President, Police Benevolent Association.

“A vote for Scott Stone is a vote for the men and women of law enforcement.”

The NC PBA is the largest law enforcement association in the state with more than 15,000 members.

Democrats Fought Against A Toss-Up District

In 2021, the NC General Assembly drew legislative maps which complied with all of the Court and Constitutional requirements, through a transparent process. The problem for Democratic powerbrokers is that these maps did not help Democratic candidates enough. Democrats do not call it gerrymandering when the outcome benefits their party.

After an unprecedented Court-ordered redraw, completed by third parties, Mecklenburg County had only one competitive senate district. Unfortunately, Democrats didn’t want competitive maps – to them a “fair map” is one that provides an advantage to them. One district with a mix of 30% Democrats, 30% Republican, and 40% Unaffiliated, was unacceptable so Democrats appealed the Court-drawn maps.

Democrats are now facing their worst fears – having to campaign in 2022 on Democratic policies and voting records with the hopes of convincing voters to choose their candidates.

NC Senate District 42 – referred to as Mecklenburg’s Southern Loop District – is anchored by Providence Road and I-485 and stretches from Mecklenburg County’s southern (SC and Union Co.) borders to Southpark. The map below shows the district boundaries.

Scott Stone has lived in this district for more than 20 years. He is the president and founder of a regional civil engineering firm, which is headquartered in the district. His daughters attended CMS K-12 schools (Ardrey Kell, JM Robinson, and Polo Ridge) all within District 42.

Scott Stone Re-Files for NC Senate in Redrawn District 42

Conservative Republican Scott Stone has officially refiled as a candidate for North Carolina State Senate following the court-ordered redrawing of legislative maps.  Stone served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2016 – 2018. Stone is the president and founder of a regional engineering firm headquartered in District 42. He has lived in the 42nd District for more than 20 years.

Stone’s two daughters attended CMS schools within District 42, including Polo Ridge Elementary, Providence Springs Elementary, JM Robinson Middle School and Ardrey Kell High School.

NC Senate District 42 is located in southern Mecklenburg County and includes the Charlotte communities of Ballantyne and Southpark as well as portions of the towns of Pineville and Matthews. The district is anchored by I-485 and Providence Road. The district has Park Road has most of its western boundary and Independence Blvd as the eastern boundary. The South Carolina and Union County lines serve as a southern boundary. District 42 stretches north to Rama Road, Sharon Amity Road, and Fairview Road in Southpark.

Almost all of Stone’s previous NC House district is within the boundary of the new 42nd Senate District.

 

NC Supreme Court Ruling Changes 200 Years of Law

Statement by Scott Stone on NC Supreme Court Ruling 

The NC Supreme Court has ruled the legislative and congressional maps drawn by the Republican-majority in the NC General Assembly are unconstitutional. The initial ruling – issued with limited specifics – cites all of the maps, not specific districts, as unconstitutional and the maps must be redrawn.

“Democrats argue that “proportionality” based on previous elections should be the standard for drawing election maps,” said Scott Stone, Republican candidate for NC Senate. “Based on the Democrats’ “proportionality argument” it is reasonable that Mecklenburg County should have at least one Republican in the NC Senate. Based on the 2020 election results, and according to the Democrats’ logic, maps should be drawn so Mecklenburg would have Republicans as 1/3 of its NCGA delegation. Currently it has 1 of 17.”

“Democratic plaintiffs assume voters will always vote the same way. In North Carolina 1/3 of voters are registered unaffiliated. In 2022, how maps are drawn won’t drive election results – failed Democratic policies will impact results.”

Scott Stone Officially Files for NC Senate

Conservative Republican Scott Stone officially filed as a candidate for North Carolina State Senate.  Stone served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2016 – 2018.

NC Senate District 41 is located in southern Mecklenburg County and includes the Charlotte communities of Ballantyne and Southpark as well as the towns of Mint Hill and Matthews. Most of Stone’s previous NC House district is within the boundary of the new 41st Senate District.

Stone is the president of a regional engineering firm and has lived within the 41st District for more than 20 years.

Scott Stone, joined by his wife Kristine, officially filed to run for NC Senate.

Scott Stone to Run for NC Senate

Republican business leader and former NC Rep. Scott Stone announced today that he will run for the North Carolina Senate in 2022.

“I am ready to continue my service to the people of Mecklenburg County and North Carolina,” Stone said. “Our county needs a Republican in the North Carolina Senate to serve as our advocate. We currently have no voice within the majority party. We need a conservative business leader who is willing to fight for one of the fastest-growing areas of the state.”

Stone will bring his experience as a legislator and a business leader to the North Carolina Senate. He has grown his company from a two-person start-up to a multi-million-dollar operation, with three offices across the region. The firm has been recognized by ENR magazine as one of the largest engineering firms in the Southeast.
Stone to Run for NC Senate
Stone knows the challenges and issues facing NC Senate District 41. The majority of his former NC House District was within the boundary of the new Senate district. He has lived there for more than 20 years. His two daughters attended CMS schools in the area – Ardrey Kell High School, JM Robinson Middle School and Polo Ridge Elementary & Providence Springs Elementary Schools.

The new District 41 includes Mint Hill, Matthews, and a large portion of south Charlotte – stretching from the Union County and South Carolina borders in the south to Fairview Road in the Southpark area to the north.

Democrat Controlled NC Court of Appeals Rejects Voter ID Law

The North Carolina Court of Appeals has rejected the voter ID law, passed in 2018 after voters overwhelmingly approved a new constitutional amendment. The three judge panel, consisting of all democrat judges, voted unanimously to reject the Voter ID law citing it was rushed in its passage and had “discriminatory intent”.

This ruling is another example of Democrats ignoring more than 2 million voters,” said former Rep. Scott Stone. “It is outrageous that a simple requirement now protected by the NC constitution, and in place in more than 30 other states, continues to be rejected by Democratic judges. Following the will of the people, I was proud to help pass this law in 2018. Democratic judges must stop legislate from the bench.

The ruling provides one more challenge to requiring a photo identification to vote in the 2020 elections. Read More About The Ruling Here

 

Stone Asks for Sanctuary Sheriffs’ Contracts to be Tied to ICE Cooperation

Scott Stone Wants Sheriffs’ Federal Contracts to Require ICE Cooperation.

Three of North Carolina’s Seven Sanctuary Sheriffs Receive Over $35 Million Annually from Feds

Former Rep. Scott Stone sent a letter to the North Carolina congressional delegation and urged them to take action, to require sheriffs cooperate with ICE as a condition of keeping their federal Intergovernmental Agreements. Read Letter Here.

North Carolina has seven sheriffs who refuse to honor ICE detainers. Three of these sheriffs’ departments – Mecklenburg, Forsyth, and Wake – hold Intergovernmental Agreements (IGAs) to serve as federal detention facilities. These contracts are very lucrative and generate more than $35.3 million between the three counties. This is a county revenue stream that far exceeds the cost of housing federal inmates.

“North Carolina’s Sanctuary Sheriffs must cooperate with ICE to keep their $35 million federal contracts to serve as detention facilities,” Stone said. “It is hypocritical for these sheriffs to accept millions of dollars from one federal law enforcement agency but refusing to cooperate with another.”

The sheriffs in Cabarrus, Gaston, Henderson, and New Hanover counties have similar IGAs with the U.S. Marshals Office to serve as federal detention facilities, yet those sheriffs willingly cooperate with ICE, as required by their oaths of office.

While seven sheriffs claim they have no legal right to honor these detainers and refuse to cooperate with a federal law enforcement agency, the other 93 sheriffs in North Carolina do not appear to share this interpretation.Stone calls on NC congressional delegation to tie sheriff contracts to ICE compliance

 

Stone Calls on Mecklenburg to Honor Detainers or Forego $29 Million for Housing Federal Inmates

Stone Calls on Mecklenburg to Honor Detainers or Forego $29 Million for Housing Federal Inmates

Mecklenburg County Commission Chair George Dunlap Responds – Dunlap Encourages Feds to Relocate Hundreds of Inmates, Eliminate Funding

(Charlotte, NC) – This week former State Representative Scott Stone (R-Mecklenburg) called on the Mecklenburg County Sheriff to honor ICE detainers or give up its lucrative contract with the U.S. Marshals Service.

In a letter sent to Sheriff Garry McFadden, members of the Mecklenburg County Commission, and County Manager Dena Diorio, Stone said, “It is hypocritical that Mecklenburg County will openly cooperate with – and accept $29 million annually from – the U.S. Marshals Office by serving as a detention facility for federal inmates, but will not honor a simple detainer request by a different federal agency.”

Stone highlighted in his letter some of the inmates housed in the Mecklenburg County jail under the U.S. Marshals Service contract were the same inmates who were previously the subject of refused ICE detainer requests. If Sheriff McFadden (or another sheriff) chooses to ignore an ICE detainer, ICE agents are required to re-arrest the individual in the community and the U.S. Marshals take custody of the prisoner who is delivered to back to the Mecklenburg County jail.

It seems North Carolina’s Sanctuary Sheriffs are willing to take a political stand to appease their base by ignoring ICE detainers,” Stone said. “But they ignore their principles when their departments can make money housing some of the same inmates.”

Mecklenburg Board Chairman Responds

Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners Chairman George Dunlap responded to Stone’s letter and was open to the possibility of losing millions in federal revenue.

Included Chairman Dunlap’s email response, “As for the excepting [SIC] of federal money for housing federal inmates is concerned, that can easily be resolved if the federal government would build it’s [SIC] own detention facilities. Thank you for your concern.”

Almost 2/3 of federal inmates are housed in state and local detention facilities.1

In a subsequent email response to Stone, Chairman Dunlap doubled down on the idea and stated, “It could possibly solve the federal governments space concerns or maybe you could make better use of your time convincing your friends in the Federal Government to seek jail space at some other jail..”

Stone suggests this issue has a common-sense solution.

“Sheriff McFadden should cooperate with all federal law enforcement as his oath requires.” Stone said, “Honoring ICE detainers is in the best interest of the community and will ensure no adverse impact to the county’s budget.”

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