Longtime Democratic lawmaker Parks Helms dies at 87

CHARLOTTE — Democratic lawmaker Parks Helms, who served North Carolina and Mecklenburg County government for more than three decades, has died.

Helms’ daughter told our partners at the Charlotte Observer that he died on Saturday. Helms was 87.

Helms first took office after winning a position in the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1974. He served for a decade in the role.

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He made an unsuccessful bid to be North Carolina’s Lieutenant Governor in 1988.

Helms then transitioned to local government. He was elected in 1992 to the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners were he served for 16 years.

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