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Carlenia Ivory, a longtime educator, organizer, and community advocate in Charlotte, was sworn in Tuesday as District 2 representative on Charlotte City Council.

Ivory, 66, succeeds Al Austin, who prematurely stepped down this month to take a job with the state Department of Transportation.

Charlotte City Council member Al Austin listened to tributes at Monday's City Council meeting.
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Twelve candidates have applied to replace Charlotte City Council member Al Austin after he steps down next month. They include a mix of newcomers and longtime residents, millennials, and the man Austin defeated in the Democratic primary two years ago. 

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City Councilman Al Austin will resign his seat on July 16, 2017, to take on a position with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. He'll take up the post of the department's outreach director to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Austin, a Democrat, was elected in 2013 and is currently serving his second term on council. He represents District Two, which encompasses uptown in the northwest district of the city, including third and fourth ward.

When it comes to House Bill 2, time can apparently heal some wounds. Three months ago, Charlotte City Council refused an overture from the General Assembly. The deal was that if council repealed the city’s expansion of its non-discrimination ordinance, lawmakers would vote to repeal HB2. Most council members, including LaWana Mayfield, weren't interested.