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John R. Bradford III

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John Bradford
North Carolina House of Representatives, District 98
In office
January 1, 2015 - present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 0
Majority Freshman Whip
Base salary$13,951/year
Per diem$104/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Cornelius Town Commissioner
Bachelor'sClemson University, 1996
Master'sUniversity of Memphis, 2000
ProfessionCEO & Founder of Park Avenue Properties
Office website
Campaign website
John R. Bradford, III is a Republican member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 98. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014. He currently serves as Majority Freshman Whip.

Bradford served as Cornelius Town Commissioner from 2011 to 2014.[1]


Bradford earned his Engineering degree from Clemson University in 1996 and an Executive M.B.A. degree from the University of Memphis in 2000. His professional experience includes working as a Sales Manager and Sales Executive with IBM Corporation for 10 years, as an Environmental Engineer with ExxonMobil Corporation for 4 years and the CEO & Founder of Park Avenue Properties.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Bradford served on the following committees:

North Carolina Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce and Job Development, Vice-Chairman
Public Utilities
Regulatory Reform


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Bradford said he ran for the following reasons:[2]

  • Excerpt: "First, I believe that North Carolina needs legislators who can bring deliberate leadership, business relevance and government experience to their Office. Second, I believe that North Carolina needs continued focus on stimulating our economy, incentivizing business growth/expansion, recruiting new companies, creating new jobs, investing in education, paying competitive salaries to educators, eliminating entitlements to those capable of helping themselves and removing government inefficiencies."



See also: North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Carolina House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 28, 2014. Natasha Marcus was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while John R. Bradford III defeated Lynette Rinker and Sharon Hudson in the Republican primary. Marcus was defeated by Bradford in the general election.[3][4]

North Carolina House of Representatives, District 98 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Bradford III 55% 14,558
     Democratic Natasha Marcus 45% 11,922
Total Votes 26,480
North Carolina House of Representatives, District 98 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn R. Bradford III 59.1% 2,536
Lynette Rinker 26.9% 1,153
Sharon Hudson 14% 599
Total Votes 4,288


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In 2014, Bradford's endorsements included the following:[1]

  • NC Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest
  • NC Senator Dist 41 Jeff Tarte
  • Cornelius Mayor Pro-Tem Woody Washam
  • Cornelius Commissioner Dave Gilroy
  • Cornelius Commissioner Jim Duke
  • Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors Dempsey Miller
  • Former Charlotte Mayoral Candidate & City Council Member Edwin B. Peacock, III
  • Former Cornelius Commissioner Jim Bensman
  • Former Cornelius Commissioner Jeff Hare
  • Former Cornelius Commissioner Bruce Trimbur
  • Former Cornelius Mayor Gary Knox


Bradford and his wife, Shea, have four children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thom Tillis (R)
North Carolina House - District 98
January 1, 2015-present
Succeeded by