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.
So, ahead of the elections this fall (primaries are September 15 and the general election is on November 3), we invited all declared candidates to sit down for a one-on-one interview about why they want to be mayor and what they would do if elected. Six of the eight candidates said yes.
We asked each some stock questions - think streetcar, toll lanes, city budget and the like in order to give you a fair comparison on their views of likely campaign issues. And we sprinkled in some questions specific to each candidate. You can listen to all of them below.