Richard Vinroot (born
14 April 1941) is an American attorney and politician from Charlotte, North Carolina. Vinroot served as mayor of Charlotte from 1991 to 1995. In 1996, he unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for governor of North Carolina, losing in the primary to state Representative Robin Hayes. He took the Republican nomination in 2000, but lost the general election to Democrat Mike Easley, then the state Attorney General. Vinroot again sought the Republican nomination for governor in the 2004 election, but narrowly lost to Patrick Ballantinein the Republican primary. As neither achieved a 40% plurality of the primary vote, Vinroot could have called for a runoff primary between himself and Ballantine, but chose instead to concede the nomination. This concession occurred after a negative statement regarding Mr. Ballantine. [ [http://www.ncsu.edu/news/dailyclips/0704/072204.htm#2 News Clips for July 22, 2004 ] ] Vinroot continues to serve as an attorney in the Charlotte firm of Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson. He also serves on the North Carolina State University Institute for Emerging Issues board. At 6'7", Vinroot played college basketballat the University of North Carolina under legendary coach Dean Smith.
* [http://www.vinroot.com/ Vinroot for Governor] (campaign website)
* [http://www.ncspin.com/ncnotables.2006.06.15.php NC Spin profile]
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