2017 Election

Vi Lyles takes the oath of office as Charlotte's new mayor Monday night from Superior Court Judge Yvonne Mims Evans.
David Boraks / WFAE

Change - on both the city council and across the city - was the main theme Monday night as Charlotte's new mayor, Vi Lyles, and city council council were sworn in at the Government Center.  The meeting was mostly ceremonial, except for one closely watched piece of business: election of a new mayor pro tem. On that, the council stuck to tradition.

The Mecklenburg Board of Elections on Friday certified results of the November 7 local elections across the county. A final  check of absentee and provisional ballots didn't change the outcomes of two close town commissioner races in Cornelius and Davidson.

Gwendolyn Glenn

Now that the election is behind her, Mayor-elect Vi Lyles says she wants to get to know the new City Council members and work to unify the city across party lines and neighborhoods. At a press conference Wednesday, Lyles said affordable housing is one of her top priorities.

Sarah Delia / WFAE

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017

Charlotte has elected Vi Lyles as its first African-American female mayor. Mike Collins recaps the results with WFAE reporters, then a look at something surprising: America's rising confidence in the news media.

Tyler Knox

Updated Nov. 9, 2017
Tuesday's election will bring big changes in many town halls around the Charlotte area. In Davidson, voters unseated the mayor and two incumbent town commissioners.  And new mayors were elected in Matthews, Concord, Gastonia and Cornelius. 

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Updated at 12:07 a.m.

A third of CMS school board members will be new next year, but it’s unlikely that’ll mean much of a change in the board’s direction. 

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Charlotte's City Council will get five new members - all under the age of 40 - when the new council is sworn in on Dec. 4. That represents a generational shift in city government, says WFAE's Tom Bullock.

Sarah Delia

The city of Charlotte has made history electing its first African American female mayor. In a landslide victory, Democratic candidate Vi Lyles defeated Republican Kenny Smith. 

Updated at 11:44 p.m. ET

Democrat Ralph Northam has easily won the Virginia governor's race, defeating Republican Ed Gillespie in a stinging rebuke to President Trump.

It's Election Day in the Carolinas, with races for mayors and other local officials. Here's a last-minute look at what's on the ballot in and around Charlotte.  

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