Charlotte mayor

Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

Two years ago, former Mayor Patrick Cannon confessed to accepting bribes. Now, you can see him commit the crimes.

The FBI on Wednesday released portions of audio and video recordings of former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon accepting cash bribes from undercover agents. The agents posed as developers looking to build a large project in Charlotte. Cannon promised to help them get a property’s zoning changed in exchange for more than $48,000 in cash and gifts.

The 15th Floor: The Finalists

Oct 20, 2015
Tom Bullock / WFAE

The next mayor of Charlotte will get an annual salary of $23,000, an expense account worth up to $14,800 and an office atop the Government Center with truly spectacular views of the city. Obviously these are nice perks, but hardly the reason eight candidates are running to be mayor of the city.

Tom Bullock / WFAE

Next Tuesday, a runoff election will decide if Dan Clodfelter or Jennifer Roberts will be the Democrat’s nominee for mayor of Charlotte. On Wednesday morning, the candidates faced off at the McGlohon Theater, in a live debate on Charlotte Talks.

Michael Tomsic

In the Charlotte mayor's race, city councilman David Howard finished a close third in the Democratic primary, missing a runoff by just a few hundred votes. Now, Howard is endorsing the second-place finisher, current Mayor Dan Clodfelter.

Courtesy of the governor's Office

Three companies that had been using South Carolina prison labor and paying less than $2 an hour are being told they must now pay inmates the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. 

The Greenville News reports prisoners doing such things as making license plates, refurbishing golf carts and recycling textiles, had not been considered manufacturing workers and did not fall under federal minimum wage laws. 

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Polls open today for the 2015 municipal election primaries. Normally these are relatively low key affairs. But this year we’ve already seen three new records set.  

Gabbi Santander

Democrat David Howard has raised more than $60,000 from African-American voters in North Carolina, far surpassing the amounts reportedly raised by his three Democratic rivals for mayor, Jennifer Roberts, Dan Clodfelter, and Michael Barnes.


African-Americans make up 64 percent of Charlotte democrats, and who they support will largely determine the winner of Tuesday’s primary.

Jennifer Roberts and Edwin Peacock.
The Charlotte Observer

Early voting begins Thursday in Charlotte’s mayoral primary and a new poll shows there are clear front-runners for the two major parties.  With voting set to begin ahead of primary day, Sept. 15, The Charlotte Observer reports that Democrat Jennifer Roberts has support from 39 percent of likely primary voters, just short of the 40 percent needed to avoid a runoff. Current Mayor Dan Clodfelter is a distant second at 21 percent.

Courtesy of the candidates

The last Republican mayor of Charlotte once told a crowd, "If my dog doesn’t like the mansion we might be spending a lot more time here in Charlotte."

For the record, Pat McCrory’s dog seems to like the governor’s mansion just fine.

Charlotte is a heavily Democratic city, but one with a history of Republican mayors. McCrory served in the post for 14 years. His immediate predecessors, Richard Vinroot and Sue Myrick were also Republicans.

Meet The Democrats Vying To Be Mayor Of Charlotte

Aug 11, 2015
Courtesy of the city and candidates

Charlotte’s most recently elected mayors have had quite the trajectory—to the governor’s mansion, U.S. Cabinet, and federal prison. In total, the city has gone through five mayors in as many years. This year, six Democratic candidates are vying for the office.