Charlotte Politics

2017 Voter Guide: Charlotte City Council

Nov 3, 2017
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CORRECTION: An earlier version of our voter guide inadvertently left off one candidate for an At-Large seat on the Charlotte City Council. Libertarian Steven DiFiore. He did take part in our survey and we have updated the guide to include his entry. We apologize for this error.

Tuesday, November 7 is Election Day.

Which means this is the season of voter guides.

But we in public radio know the power of hearing from someone directly. So our voter guide features the candidates in their own voices.

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Notice something different with our logo?

With the election now just days away Candidate ME has become Candidate THEM, a modern twist on that election season classic - the voter guide.

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Next Tuesday, November 7, is Election Day. A lot of attention has been paid to the race for Charlotte mayor.

But there are other members of the city council who are elected citywide. And those races haven’t garnered the same level of attention.

Morning Edition host Marshall Terry and reporter Tom Bullock talk through the eight candidates vying for an at-large seat on the Charlotte City Council.

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With Election Day less than two weeks away and early votes already being cast, Candidate ME shifts into high gear. In this episode we introduce something new, real candidates call in to answer a mad lib and two important questions in order to sway your vote. And Host Tom Bullock unleashes positive and negative Candidate ME ads unto the world.

Two incumbents and two newcomers won Democratic nominations for Charlotte City Council at-large seats in Tuesday's primary. 

Updated at 9:55 p.m.
With most of the vote counted, two incumbents and two newcomers were leading Tuesday's Democratic primary for Charlotte City Council at-large seats. 

Incumbent James Mitchell (19.4 percent) was leading the race for four slots. Activist and political newcomer Braxton Winston and incumbent Julie Eiselt both had about 17 percent, and current 5th District council member Dimple Ajmera was leading in the race for the fourth slot, with 13.3 percent. Ryan McGill (12.1 percent) and incumbent Claire Fallon (11.2 percent) followed. 

The four nominees will face three Republicans in November. 

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Updated 10:36 p.m.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts conceded victory to Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles Tuesday in Charlotte's Democratic mayoral primary. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Lyles had about 46.2 percent to Roberts's 36.2 percent. Joel Ford was a distant third with about 15.9 percent.

Once the results are certified, Lyles will face Republican Kenny Smith in the general election on Nov. 7. 

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The final debate before any election is always the most contentious, the most pointed, some would say the most fun.

Wednesday night's Charlotte mayoral debate was no exception. It was televised in prime time and featured just the top tier candidates running for mayor. And it came just days before the all- important September 12 primary.

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Tuesday, September 12 is a make or break day in the world of local politics. It's primary day, the day the candidates find out if they made the finals, or if they were more pretenders than contenders.

WFAE's Tom Bullock joins Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry to talk about key things to watch. 

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Have you noticed? Candidate ME hasn't been on the campaign trail this week. Host Tom Bullock puts on his (family friendly) limerick hat to explain why, and when Candidate ME will return, as best he legally can. 

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