Edwin Peacock

WFAE/Sarah Delia

Charlotte is less than two weeks away from electing a new mayor. Democratic candidate Jennifer Roberts and Republican Edwin Peacock face off at the polls November 3rd.

Roberts is the favorite. After all, Charlotte’s electorate is heavily Democratic. Which is why Edwin Peacock’s campaign is focused on winning over unaffiliated voters. WFAE’s Sarah Delia reports.

Tom Bullock / WFAE News

Last night the McGlohon Theater housed a show featuring plenty of talking points, odd questions and, at times, substantive debate on issues affecting Charlotteans. The stars: Jennifer Roberts and Edwin Peacock.

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.

Charlotte voters will pick a new mayor November 3rd and a new poll shows the Democrat Jennifer Roberts leading the race. The Charlotte Observer poll of 1,324 likely voters shows Roberts with support from 54 percent. Republican Edwin Peacock has 39 percent, while seven percent are undecided. 

Tom Bullock / WFAE News

A conference hall at Queens University was filled Thursday night with spectators. They gathered to hear the top six candidates for Charlotte’s next mayor debate the future of the city.

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.

Michael Tomsic / WFAE

Charlotte has a new mayor. Democrat Patrick Cannon won 53 percent of the vote last night, defeating Republican Edwin Peacock.

Democrats Keep Firm Grip On Charlotte

Nov 5, 2013
City of Charlotte

Democrats maintained their 9 to 2 majority on the Charlotte City Council last night and easily kept hold of the mayor's seat, with Patrick Cannon winning by five percentage points.  

There are several new faces, but mostly just a shuffling of seats on Charlotte's city council. Democrats still control the dais, with the longest-serving among them moving to the center spot as mayor. Patrick Cannon says his victory is the realization of a lifelong goal from the time he became the city's youngest councilman at age 26.  

Charlotte's New Mayor: Patrick Cannon

Nov 5, 2013
Patrick Cannon
City of Charlotte

Democrat Patrick Cannon won the mayoral race for Charlotte with 53 percent (50,768) of the vote. Republican Edwin Peacock had about 46.9 percent of the total votes with 44,922 votes. 

For the City Council at-large seats, the four with the most votes are all Democrats: Michael Barnes, Vi Lyles, David Howard and Claire Fallon. The top-vote getter in this race, Barnes, is now mayor pro tem.