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Hosting "Highly-Divisive" RNC May Not Make Sense, Says City Council Member

Charlotte City Council Member Braxton Winston asks for public input on whether the city should host the RNC in 2020.

Charlotte has made a big push to host the Republican National Convention in 2020.  However, Democratic Charlotte City Council Member Braxton Winston says there hasn’t been enough public dialogue about whether that makes sense for the city.

In a Facebook video posted Monday night, he said bringing the RNC to Charlotte should be more than an economic development decision.  

He's asking for feedback from Charlotte residents.

"Should we take part in this economic investment in this city or do we want to shun the political discourse and conversation that comes with an event like this?" said Winston on the post.

Winston says he has heard concerns from some of his constituents. 

“Many of my constituents that are contacting me believe that the values of this party do not represent the spoken priorities of this city, those that include affordable housing, investment in transportation infrastructure and sustainable and green policies," said Winston.

Charlotte and Las Vegas are the only cities publicly vying for the convention. The RNC is expected to name a winning city when it meets later this month in Texas.