Charlotte Mayoral Election

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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Tuesday is election day in Charlotte and other cities across the Carolinas. Voters in Charlotte will choose a new mayor, as Democrat Vi Lyles and Republican Kenny Smith square off in the race to succeed Jennifer Roberts. The incumbent Democrat lost September's primary to Lyles.

Lyles, a former Charlotte budget director, has served two terms as an at-large city council member and is the current mayor pro tem.   Smith, a Charlotte native and commercial real estate broker, has also served four years on city council.

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Yes, Candidate ME was scheduled to be on a break. But then Tuesday, September 12 rolled around, the mayor was voted out, other incumbents were defeated and the Charlotte City Council changed in significant ways.

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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.

Kenny Smith spoke at Tuesday's GOP candidate forum at The Palmer Building on East Seventh Street.
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Two of the three Republican candidates for Charlotte mayor addressed local party members Tuesday night, disagreeing on a key issue - whether the city has a role in affordable housing.

The plan had been for three Democrats and a Republican to show up to Tuesday night's forum, but that's not what happened.

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Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts on Saturday held her first town hall since taking office in Dec. 2015, promoting a wide range of city initiatives including youth programs, community policing, and affordable housing.

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At a debate in northwest Charlotte Thursday night, the city's three Democratic mayoral candidates faced an audition of sorts - for an endorsement by the Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Filing isn’t even open yet for the Sept. 12 primary. But the group plans to make an unusual early endorsement in the coming days.

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Charlotte's Democratic mayoral candidates Joel Ford, Vi Lyles, and Jennifer Roberts participated in a forum Saturday afternoon that focused heavily on police-community relations and the city's role in responding to police shootings.

Several progressive and Democratic groups have organized the first candidate forum of Charlotte's upcoming mayoral race. The forum will feature all three of the Democratic candidates who've announced plans to run.

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