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.