After Supporting Tolls for Years, Jeter Now Claims to Oppose Them

N.C. House District 92 candidate and toll opponent Chaz Beasley spoke out on Monday in response to Charles Jeter’s abrupt change of position on the I-77 toll lane project.

Jeter announced his opposition to the planned tolls on a local talk show Sunday morning.  In a Monday press release, he called for a meeting for more talk about the tolls.

Beasley, stating his consistent opposition to the project, noted Jeter’s shifting position in an email Sunday afternoon.  Previously, Jeter had been a supporter of the toll roads during his entire tenure in the General Assembly, recently voting against an amendment that would have halted the project and defending the toll roads in public statements.

“I’m glad Jeter finally agrees with what we’ve been saying from the start - the tolls on I-77 are bad for our community,” Beasley said. “Given Jeter’s previous support for the tolls, many are rightfully skeptical and paying close attention to what he does in the coming weeks. The best interests of our community are more important than politics, so I sincerely hope we are able to get the one-sided toll contract cancelled.”

Rather than adding free lanes, the I-77 project would add toll lanes in northern Mecklenburg County.  Estimates place the cost of using the lanes as high as $20 one-way during peak hours.  

Currently, Beasley is a Democratic candidate to represent District 92, which includes Huntersville, Charlotte, Pineville and Steele Creek. Beasley attended North Carolina’s public schools before graduating with honors from Harvard University. He then went on to earn his law degree at Georgetown.

Currently, Beasley works as an attorney in the finance industry. He lives in Steele Creek with his fiancée Whitney, and his future step­daughter, Maddison.