Charlotte Talks: One Week Until Charlotte Mayoral Primary

Sep 5, 2017

Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017

Jennifer Roberts, left, Vi Lyles and Joel Ford are each looking to score the Democratic mayoral nomination outright in the Sept. 12 primary.
Credit Diedra Laird / The Charlotte Observer

Primary election day is fast approaching in the race for Charlotte mayor. National pundits are watching, but it's likely that voters here will give it short shrift. Mike Collins examines the hopefuls and the issues.

The hotly-contested race for Charlotte mayor is approaching its first big milepost: next week's primary.

HB2 and the Keith Scott shooting have spurred national interest and money, but turnout might be in single digits. 

Incumbent Jennifer Roberts is facing strong challenges from fellow Democrats Vi Lyles and Joel Ford. All three are hoping to win enough votes to avoid a runoff.

Republican Kenny Smith is expected to easily win his party's primary, and continues to lead fundraising among all candidates.

All four of the major contenders face off in a televised debate Wednesday, while early voting expands to more locations.

City hall reporters and local political strategists join Mike Collins for a primary preview.


Kirstin Garriss, government reporter, Spectrum News (@ReporterGarriss)

Steve Harrison, city government reporter, The Charlotte Observer (@Sharrison_Obs)

Dan McCorkle, Democratic strategist

Larry Shaheen, Republican consultant (@LawrenceShaheen)