It's mid-morning on election day in District 3, but Tyrone Bradley is not focused on this district's hot race — the one pitting Democrat LaWana Mayfield against Republican Ed Toney.
Voter and volunteer Bradley is trying to get citizens entering Precinct 24 to take a look at the school board race. He's thrown his support behind Darrin Rankin.
"You won't have any mayors or any city council members if they aren't educated. Our job is to make sure our kids can get the best education," Bradley said. "Education is the most important thing. My job is to get the right people in there so we can have the best leaders for the future and beyond."
Bradley was the only person campaigning outside of the Tuckaseegee Road precinct and he said that was fine with him.
The Precinct 24 election chief said there has been a steady flow of people coming to vote today and there were already a few people waiting at 6:30 a.m. to cast their ballots.
District 3 has the opportunity to make history today be either electing Charlotte's first gay city council member or electing a Republican in a historically Democratic district. Longtime representative Warren Turner lost the September primary to Mayfield.