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Will Meck Commissioners Keep Fuller As Chair Tonight?

Pat Cotham (left) and Trevor Fuller at a 2013 Mecklenburg County Commission meeting.
Todd Sumlin
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Charlotte Observer
Pat Cotham (left) and Trevor Fuller at a 2013 Mecklenburg County Commission meeting.

Mecklenburg County commissioners will be sworn in for a new term a special meeting Monday night, where they'll also elect their leadership for the next two years. The big question is whether commissioners will re-elect the current chair, Democrat Trevor Fuller. 

Fuller was the No. 2 vote-getter among at-large candidates in the Nov. 8 election.  The Charlotte Observer reports that top vote-getter, Democrat Pat Cotham, has brokered a deal with the three Republican commissioners to elect Democrat Ella Scarborough as chair.

Democrats ousted Cotham as chair in 2013, replacing her with Fuller. He was re-elected in 2014.

That deal supposedly would make Republican Jim Puckett the vice chair. 

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center. 

[UPDATE: Commissioner Scarborough was elected chair by a 5-4 vote, with Commissioner Puckett named vice chair by the same margin.]