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Charlotte Talks: Jennifer Roberts Makes Way For Vi Lyles In Mayor's Office

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Davie Hinshaw and John D. Simmons / The Charlotte Observer
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Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

Mayor Jennifer Roberts sums up her tenure on her last day in office, and her successor, Vi Lyles, looks ahead to her swearing-in.

It could be argued that no mayor in recent Charlotte history has faced the storms that confronted Jennifer Roberts – storms that kept Charlotte in the national spotlight for much of her first year in office.

The House Bill 2 controversy and the response to the fatal police shooting of Keith Scott dominated her term, which draws to a close Monday.

Roberts has no regrets about the decisions made and actions taken during her turbulent tenure, and says she’s “proud” to have taken “bullets for a lot of people in the community.”

She turns the office over to Vi Lyles, the first African-American female to be elected mayor. A veteran of city government, Lyles defeated Roberts in September's Democratic primary and handily defeated Kenny Smith in the general election.

The incoming and outgoing mayors join Mike Collins for a look at where Charlotte has been, and where it's going.

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Mike Collins talks with outgoing Mayor Jennifer Roberts about her tenure in the Mayor's office.
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Mayor-elect Vi Lyles joins Mike to discuss her vision for Charlotte and her priorities as the city's next mayor.

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Mayor-elect Vi Lyles (@ViLyles)