Former Cornelius mayor will run for NC Auditor in 2024

Jeff Tarte at a Newsmakers Breakfast

Nov. 29. Former NC Sen. Jeff Tarte, a Cornelius resident, plans to run in the GOP primary for State Auditor in March.

Tarte is a former mayor of Cornelius and the incoming chair of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce.


As a state senator he authored legislation that required the six largest departments in the North Carolina government to undergo an independent financial audit (IFA) every two years.

“Many of these agencies had not undergone an IFA in decades. The first one performed for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) identified millions of unaccounted-for money,” Tarte said.

Tarte served three terms in the North Carolina State Senate beginning in 2013 following three terms as mayor of Cornelius. Prior to starting his own consulting business he was a partner at Ernst & Young.

Incumbent NC Auditor Beth Wood has announced she will resign in the wake of a scandal involving her use of a state-owned vehicle.


NC Rep. John Bradford

There are now two people from Cornelius running for statewide office next year.

NC Rep. John Bradford, a former Cornelius Commissioner, has declared his candidacy for NC Treasurer.

Another former member of the town board, Thom Tillis, went on to become NC Speaker of the House as well as US Senator from North Carolina. He now lives in Huntersville.


2 Responses to “Former Cornelius mayor will run for NC Auditor in 2024”

  1. FABULOUS news about Jeff Tarte! The most honest and genuine person I am proud to know! There is not a better person for the job. Both Jeff and John have my vote!

    Posted by Julie Wozniak | November 29, 2023, 11:30 am
  2. Mine also!! Need more representation in NC politics from this area!! Two great guys!! Also don’t think either will get over the limit at a Christmas party, wreck a state owned vehicle, and leave the scene of the accident!!

    Posted by Gynn elller | November 29, 2023, 11:44 am

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