2017 Election

Davidson mayoral candidates (from left) Rusty Knox, Laurie Venzon and John Woods debated Wednesday at Davidson College.
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Growth is a key issue in this fall's election in the small town of Davidson, in north Mecklenburg County. The mayor faces two challengers in a race that has been shaped in part by a group called Save Davidson, formed to fight a proposed development.   

Moderator Jeff Sonnier of WTVI (center) and mayoral candidates Vi Lyles and Kenny Smith watched a video clip during the debate taping Thursday. The debate airs Tuesday night on WTVI.
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In a half-hour debate Thursday organized by the League of Women Voters, Charlotte's two mayoral candidates went head-to-head on a variety of city issues. Democrat Vi Lyles and Republican Kenny Smith differed on taxes, tolls and city priorities. But they started by agreeing on one thing - the need for new leadership as they compete to replace current Democratic mayor Jennifer Roberts. 

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

Updated at 9:55 p.m.
With most of the vote counted, two incumbents and two newcomers were leading Tuesday's Democratic primary for Charlotte City Council at-large seats. 

Incumbent James Mitchell (19.4 percent) was leading the race for four slots. Activist and political newcomer Braxton Winston and incumbent Julie Eiselt both had about 17 percent, and current 5th District council member Dimple Ajmera was leading in the race for the fourth slot, with 13.3 percent. Ryan McGill (12.1 percent) and incumbent Claire Fallon (11.2 percent) followed. 

The four nominees will face three Republicans in November. 

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Updated 10:36 p.m.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts conceded victory to Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles Tuesday in Charlotte's Democratic mayoral primary. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Lyles had about 46.2 percent to Roberts's 36.2 percent. Joel Ford was a distant third with about 15.9 percent.

Once the results are certified, Lyles will face Republican Kenny Smith in the general election on Nov. 7. 

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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.

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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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Six of the eight candidates for mayor of Charlotte debated each other Tuesday at an event sponsored by the League of Women Voters and PBS Charlotte. It was an hour long debate. But let's focus on just one question.

Here's moderator Jeff Sonier: "The city of Charlotte is on record in support of the I-77 toll lane project between uptown and Mooresville. As mayor, would you support the current toll lane project and would you support future toll lane projects in Charlotte and surrounding communities?"

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