10:10 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Recount Confirms Swain's Re-Election As Huntersville Mayor

Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain
Credit DavidsonNews.net

A recount at the Mecklenburg Board of Elections Thursday confirmed that Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain was re-elected on Nov. 5, defeating challenger and former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jim Puckett by a slightly wider margin than shown in election night results.

In the final official tally, Swain had 2,475 to Puckett’s 2,443 – a difference of 32 votes.

Puckett had requested a recount after the unofficial results on Nov. 5 show him losing by just 26 votes – 2,467 to 2,441.

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Local Elections
8:28 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Patrick Cannon Is Charlotte's New Mayor

Patrick Cannon is the new mayor of Charlotte with 53 percent of the vote.
Credit Michael Tomsic / WFAE

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

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Local Elections
11:33 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

New CMS Board Members For West, South Mecklenburg

Twelve candidates for CMS school board participate in a forum moderated by WFAE's Lisa Miller.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The Charlotte Mecklenburg School board will soon have two new people with the last name of Bailey. Matthews Mayor Pro-Tem Paul Bailey swept district six, which covers southern Mecklenburg county, receiving 60 percent of the vote.  He said voters wanted someone who is a good collaborator. 

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Local News
5:53 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Fact Check: Cannon Involved In Closed Door Panthers Talks

City councilman Patrick Cannon
Credit City of Charlotte

Thursday’s mayoral debate in Charlotte was largely routine, but one comment in particular has drawn some scrutiny. City councilman and Democratic candidate Patrick Cannon denied involvement in the city’s controversial closed door discussions with the Carolina Panthers earlier this year, but city records tell a different tale.

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Local News
5:37 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Cannon And Peacock Challenge Each Other Over Streetcar

From left to right, Democratic candidate Patrick Cannon, moderator Amy Burkett, and Republican candidate Edwin Peacock, moments before WTVI's mayoral debate.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Charlotte’s two candidates for mayor met for a debate Thursday at local PBS station WTVI. The city’s Capital Improvement Plan and the building of a streetcar were the most contentious topics, as they have been throughout the campaign.

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Charlotte Observer
11:39 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Forum Draws Differences Among At-Large Candidates

Amanda Raymond, executive director for the League of Women Voters Debate, instructs at-large candidates on how the forum will be run.
Credit T. Ortega Gaines / Charlotte Observer

  A forum featuring eight Charlotte City Council candidates Tuesday found little support for a streetcar, grudging support for business incentives and lingering resentment over the state’s effort to transfer control of the airport.

Eight contenders for four at-large seats met for a forum at WTVI sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Taking part were four Democrats, a Libertarian and three of four Republicans. Republican Vanessa Faura did not attend.

Candidates divided over the streetcar, which advocates see as an east-west connector.

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The Party Line
9:44 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Unaffiliated Status Gains Appeal To Younger Black Voters

A recent article in the Charlotte Observer had the headline asking, “Voting fight: Is it race or politics?”

For intensely partisan observers, the redistricting fight is either racial or political. But, in looking deeper into the numbers nowadays, the answer is that the voting fight is much more race and politics. 

Going into the future, however, it could be ‘or’ rather than ‘and’ when it comes to racial politics in North Carolina.

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Local News
3:09 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

CMS Board Candidate Forum

12 candidates for CMS school board participate in a forum moderated by WFAE's Lisa Miller.
Credit Michael Tomsic

A more analytical approach to a massive budget, more input from a neighborhood before closing a school, and a lot more lawmakers in Raleigh who agree with educators in Charlotte.

Those are a few things candidates for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board called for Thursday night at a public forum hosted by WFAE and MeckEd.

There are 12 candidates running for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board’s six district seats.

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Local News
9:38 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Twelve CMS School Board Candidates Compete For Five District Seats

Five CMS district seats are up for grabs this election.  Current board members say they’ve seen the board through difficult financial times and are eager to forge ahead with a new superintendent. Their challengers say there’s room for improvement.  WFAE together with MeckEd will hold a public forum with eleven of the candidates this Thursday evening. The moderator of the event is WFAE’s Lisa Miller. She joins Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt for a preview. 

KK:  So one big difference from the last election is we have a different superintendent. 

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Local News
9:20 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Charlotte's Mayoral Choice

Democrat Patrick Cannon and Republican Edwin Peacock are vying to become Charlotte's next mayor.

Charlotte's next mayor will be either a long-time Democratic city councilman or a some-time Republican councilman with a long pedigree in Charlotte politics.  WFAE has this look at the city's mayoral choice come November 5.

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