When Charlotte City Council member Edwin Peacock tried to find a woman council candidate, recently he did what a lot of men do: go to an Internet dating site.
Peacock, a Republican, filed a profile on eHarmony.
Peacock said he did it as a joke to make a point before a speech to a Republican women's group. Women, whether Democrat or Republican, tend to do well at the polls in Mecklenburg County.
"I was looking for a female, and what do people do in today's world?" he says. "They go to eHarmony or an Internet dating site."
Peacock is the only Republican at-large council member. He believes that a strong ticket would not only help him but his party.
He's not sure whether anybody responded to his eHarmony post. He filled out his profile under the name Grand O. Party and gave the county GOP web site as his own.
"It was a good joke, it got their attention," he says.