By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
Posted: Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011

A former Mecklenburg commissioner has filed a grievance against fellow Democrat Harold Cogdell, saying he should be stripped of any position in the party after working with Republicans to be elected chairman of the county board.


Lloyd Scher, who served on the Board of Commissioners from 1992 to 2000, says he also thinks Cogdell should be barred from participating in any activities related to the Democratic National Convention, which will be held in Charlotte next September.

“It would be inappropriate for someone who doesn’t support Democrats to stand there next to the president of the United States,” said Scher, a member of the Mecklenburg Democratic Party’s Executive Committee.

Cogdell, reached at his home late Monday, said, “It’s a nonissue that doesn’t deserve me commenting.”

Cogdell ousted Jennifer Roberts in last week’s county commissioners meeting. In a 5-4 vote that fell almost entirely along party lines, Cogdell won over objections from other Democrats who portrayed him as a traitor and opportunist.

Cogdell won by securing support from the panel’s four Republicans. Board Democrats, except Cogdell, chose Roberts.

Commissioners traditionally have elected the top vote-getter as chair. Roberts has served as chair since 2006. She did not return a call seeking comment late Monday.

Scher’s letter to the state Democratic Party says Cogdell met secretly with other Republicans for weeks. It also asserts that Cogdell shouldn’t be classified as a “Democrat in good standing.”

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