Todd Johnson was elected to the NC Senate in the November 2018 election. Todd initially filled the position held by retiring Union County Senator Tommy Tucker who had served the people of the 35th district in Raleigh for many years. Todd is a conservative businessman, family man, and public servant who kept his word and established a solid conservative record as a County Commissioner of North Carolina’s 10th most populous county from 2010-2014. Todd is endorsed by the North Carolina Right to life, Police Benevolent Association, The National Rifle Association and the NFIB.
Sonja Nichols is an accomplished businesswoman, published author, and active community leader, running for North Carolina Senate, representing Southeastern Mecklenburg County. Through her decades of service in Mecklenburg County, Sonja has acted as a bridge between diverse communities.
Sonja has been matching capital seekers with capital providers for years – and will bring that skill set as an NC Senator by helping develop the Southeastern Mecklenburg County economy – and ensuring the community reaps the rewards. Her experience in the nonprofit, business and policy sectors has allowed her to develop a robust set of skills to uniquely serve our diverse community.
President and CEO, Nicholant Enterprises (Jan. 2016-present)
Author, Your Amazing Body, Your Amazing Organization (2014)
President, Good Friends Charlotte (Jan. 2013- present)
President and Board Chair, Women’s Impact Fund (Jan. 2005- present)
Founding President, South Charlotte Chapter of Jack & Jill America (Nov. 2007-present)
Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Superintendent, & RJK Nichols Scholarships Underwriter (2000- present)
Sonja’s recent efforts have been spent advocating for her community as a philanthropist in the Charlotte area. Serving as chair of the Veterans Bridge Home Salute Gala, Sonja helped raise over $525,000. As president of the 2019 Good Friends Charlotte Luncheon, she helped raise over $510,000. As a co-chair of the UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon featuring Oprah Winfrey, Sonja helped raise over $2,300,000 and oversaw Charlotte’s largest fundraising luncheon in history.
Nichols is the president and CEO of Nicholant Enterprises, a security-services firm staffed entirely by U.S. military veterans and is now an Angel Fund Investing Company. Prior to founding Nicholant Enterprises, Sonja worked as a system engineer for IBM and a marketing representative for PepsiCo. She is also published a book in 2014, titled Your Amazing Body, Your Amazing Organization. Sonja earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, and an MBA in Marketing and Computer Information Systems from Florida A&M University. She also completed the University of Richmond’s Executive Management Program. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Wife & Mother
Sonja is happily married Richard Nichols Jr. (Bank of America Private Wealth Division Executive) and they have three children – Richard III (Morehouse College Graduate, UCLA 2020 MBA Graduate Candidate), James (Morehouse College Graduate), and Kayla Marie (Spelman College Graduate).
John R. Bradford, III, was first elected to public office in 2011 as a Cornelius Town Commissioner and was re-elected to a second term in 2013. John was elected to represent District 98 in the North Carolina House of Representatives in 2014 and, again, in 2016. During his time in the NC House John served as the Deputy Majority, Chairman of Regulatory Reform and State & Local Government Committees. He also served as Co-Chairman of the Legislative Review Committee for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
John is the President & Founder of Park Avenue Properties, a Cornelius based residential property management and real estate investment firm with operations in four states and eight cities. He is also the Founder & CEO of PetScreening.com, a nation-wide software company that screens pets and validates assistance animals for the housing industry.
Prior to starting his own business, John was a Sales Manager and Sales Executive with IBM Corporation for 10 years and was an Environmental Engineer with ExxonMobil Corporation for 4 years.
John earned an Engineering degree from Clemson University (1996) and an Executive MBA degree from the University of Memphis (2000).
In 2019, one of John’s companies, PetScreening.com, was ranked by the NC Tech Association as one of the top 10 technology firms to watch and Charlotte Inno named PetScreening as one of Charlotte’s top 10 start-up companies. For three consecutive years (2013-2015), John’s other company, Park Avenue Properties, was named to Inc. magazine’s Inc.500 list as one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in America. Park Avenue Properties was recognized both in 2014 and 2015 as one of Charlotte’s “Fast 50” by the Charlotte Business Journal.
In 2014, John was recognized by the Charlotte Business Journal as one of this year’s “Forty Under 40” class. In 2012, John was awarded and recognized as the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year. He was also awarded and recognized by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce as the Most Business Friendly Cornelius Town Commissioner. John has served on several national and local Boards such as the National Association of Residential Property Managers, Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, Visit Lake Norman, United Way of Central Carolinas, Entrepreneur’s Organization Charlotte Chapter, Friends of the Animals and Pi Kappa Phi National Fraternity Housing Corporation. He is also an Honorary Rotarian and a member of St. Mark’s Catholic Church.
John has been married to Shea Bradford for 98 years and has four children ages 17, 15, 13 and 13. He has two dogs, Maggie and Berkeley, and a rescue cat, Bob. John loves to hike, camp, fish and travel with his family.
William "Bill" Brawley was a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 103 in 2011. Brawley assumed office in 2011 and was serving his fourth term before leaving office on December 31, 2018.
When he served in the state House, Representative Brawley was a real estate broker. He served two terms on the Matthews Town Council. Brawley served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1975.
Bill was very active on the Floor and behind the scenes representing District 103 and the State of North Carolina. Reach out to Bill and allow him to share the story behind those Bills he sponsored or co-sponsored.
During his time in the NC House in 2017 - 2018 Legislative Session, Bill served as the Chair of Finance, Vice-chair of Appropriations. Bill also served in Alcohol Beverage Control Committee, Homeless, Foster Care and Dependency Committee. Insurance Committee, Transportation Committee, State and Local Government I Committee, and Rule, Calendar and Operations of the House.
During the 2015 - 2016 Legislative Session, Bill served as the Senior Chairman of Finance, Vice-chair of Appropriations. Bill also served in Environmental Committee, Insurance Committee, Transportation Committee, State and Local Government Committee.
During the 2011 - 2012 Legislative Session, Bill served as the Vice-chair of Commerce and Job Development Committee. Bill also served in Banking Committee. Environmental Committee, Finance Committee and Public Utilities Committee.
Bill is a North Carolina native who grew up in the Charlotte area. He a proud graduate of both Garinger High School and UNC Charlotte. Bill is an honorably discharged veteran who enlisted in the United States Army in 1969 and served on active duty until 1972.
Bill has been married to his wife Smokie for nearly 40 years and is the proud father of four adult children.
"Husband, Father, Small Business Owner, Community Leader, Rotarian, Education Advocate, saved by Grace.
My wife Shannon and I have called Union County home for nearly 20 years. We chose to move here for the same reason so many others have, a great quality of life, lower taxes, less density, great schools, and wonderful people! We wanted to live somewhere we could plant some roots and create a future for our family.
During that time we have seen tremendous growth in our community and in our family. As parents of 3 beautiful children, boys ages 11 and 12 and a girl, 3, we understand clearly the needs of our schools, our roads, and our community overall. I want to see Union County continue to thrive and be the best place in North Carolina to live and raise a family!"
"First as a CPA in a “Big 4” accounting firm and then as a C-suite executive in two of North Carolina’s largest manufacturing companies, I learned what it takes to create favorable environments for businesses, employees, customers, suppliers and communities to create ecosystems that bring success and prosperity for everyone involved. By leveraging my experience, I will ensure North Carolina’s economy is strong, helps lift businesses big and small, and creates jobs and opportunity for all North Carolinians.
Drawing on my 30+ years of business, financial and volunteer experience, if elected, my focus will be on: · Expanding North Carolina’s economic prosperity, job growth, and pro-business, pro-entrepreneurship atmosphere, · Promoting our K-university education institutions, and · Exercising fiscal conservativism in our state budget.
I believe our state, and our government at all levels, is in desperate need of sound leadership. I am running so you will have a trustworthy representative on whom you can depend, and a representative that will listen and advocate for you, your interests, and your values in Raleigh."
Amy Bynum was born and raised in Charlotte. She has a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and works as a project manager for Traho, a local digital analytics startup.
As your next Representative for NC House District 105, she will support policies that encourage growth, while protecting the values, quality of life, and cost of living that attract so many people and businesses to North Carolina. The Covid-19 crisis has exacerbated the significant financial challenges that were already facing our state. Amy will work to ensure that, as we move into 2021, the limited funds available are spent in an effective and efficient manner, while at the same time doing everything possible to get North Carolinians back to work. Recovery should signal a more fiscally responsible way of doing things, rather than a return to “business as usual”. Our state can take the lead in proving that capitalism works, so long as government stays out of its way. Be sure to click below to get involved.