Tom Bullock

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Tom Bullock decided to trade the khaki clad masses and traffic of Washington DC for Charlotte in 2014. Before joining WFAE, Tom spent 15 years working for NPR.  Over that time he served as everything from an intern to senior producer of NPR’s Election Unit.  Tom also spent five years as the senior producer of NPR’s Foreign Desk where he produced and reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Haiti, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon among others.  Tom is looking forward to finally convincing his young daughter, Charlotte, that her new hometown was not, in fact, named after her.

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Yes, Candidate ME was scheduled to be on a break. But then Tuesday, September 12 rolled around, the mayor was voted out, other incumbents were defeated and the Charlotte City Council changed in significant ways.

And no one saw it coming.

So host Tom Bullock digs into just why Jennifer Roberts lost, gets a preview of the general election campaigns likely to be run by Democrat Vi Lyles and Republican Kenny Smith and takes a look at the what the changes on the council really mean for the city.

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Updated: 1:16 p.m. 9/15/2017

CMPD has released nearly an hour of audio recorded Wednesday, September 6.

This includes police radio traffic and a call to 911 made by a man police would shoot and kill that night at an apartment building in northeast Charlotte.

The results of Tuesday's primaries are in, and it was a night of upsets in Charlotte. Young challengers beat long time incumbents and the city will have a new mayor.

Republican Kenny Smith easily won his primary. And Vi Lyles defeated Jennifer Roberts and Joel Ford in the Democratic primary. In a surprise, that race wasn't even close.

Two incumbents and two newcomers won Democratic nominations for Charlotte City Council at-large seats in Tuesday's primary. 

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Tuesday is primary Election Day in Mecklenburg County. Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

We don’t know how many ballots will be cast, but we do know the Charlotte mayoral race will end up being the most expensive in the city's history.

Courtesy of the National Hurricane Center

Early next week, Irma will make her presence felt in the Carolinas. And it is safe to say her stay will not be a pleasant one. But the severity of the storms impact on the region remains unclear. Still emergency preparations in both states continue.

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Tuesday, September 12, is a make or break day for candidates. It's primary day after all, the day the candidate herd is culled.

What is that day like for political consultants and candidates who have to simply wait for results?

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The final debate before any election is always the most contentious, the most pointed, some would say the most fun.

Wednesday night's Charlotte mayoral debate was no exception. It was televised in prime time and featured just the top tier candidates running for mayor. And it came just days before the all- important September 12 primary.

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Tuesday, September 12 is a make or break day in the world of local politics. It's primary day, the day the candidates find out if they made the finals, or if they were more pretenders than contenders.

WFAE's Tom Bullock joins Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry to talk about key things to watch. 

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We're back with a full length episode. And since Tom can't be picked for jury duty for another two years, we'll remain back for the foreseeable future.

This week's episode is all about the race for the District 1 seat on Charlotte's city council. And what a race it is.

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