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Eiselt Tops Charlotte City Council Race; Lyles Easily Claims Reelection

Updated 11:20 p.m.

In the Charlotte City Council at-large race, mayor pro tem Julie Eiselt led the way to reelection with 23.9% of all votes Tuesday. Braxton Winston narrowly led James “Smuggie” Mitchell for the next-highest vote total, with Winston recording 22.07% while Mitchell had 22.04%.  Dimple Ajmera was in fourth with 20%.

That is based on all 195 precincts reporting.

All four candidates are Democrats.

The candidates appeared headed toward victory, but had been jockeying over who finished first. The top vote-getter is typically elected to the job of mayor pro tem. Eiselt currently holds that role.

There is one Republican running, Joshua Richardson. He finished in fifth place, with 11.4% of returns.

Democratic Mayor Vi Lyles easily swept to a second term, with 77.2% of returns. Republican David Michael Rice had 22.4% of the vote.

In Charlotte City Council District 6, Republican incumbent Tariq Bokhari topped Democrat Gina Navarette, 58.9% to 41%.

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Steve Harrison is WFAE's politics and government reporter. Prior to joining WFAE, Steve worked at the Charlotte Observer, where he started on the business desk, then covered politics extensively as the Observer’s lead city government reporter. Steve also spent 10 years with the Miami Herald. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, the Sporting News and Sports Illustrated.