Charlotte Politics

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Running for local office can be an all-consuming venture. Now imagine running while studying for final exams.

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Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield has resigned from a state commission just after her appointment to another commission was rescinded and she was criticized for comparing police officers to terrorists.

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Republican U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. of North Carolina, a once-fervent supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq who later became an equally outspoken critic of the war, died Sunday on his 76th birthday.

The congressman's office confirmed his death in a statement, saying Jones died in Greenville, North Carolina. His health declining in recent months, Jones entered hospice care in January after breaking his hip. He had been granted a leave of absence from Congress in late 2018 and was sworn in for his last term back home.

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A Charlotte City Council committee on Tuesday said that voters should decide whether they switch from two-year terms to four-year terms.

But a poll suggests voters would say no.

Former state Senator Malcolm Graham was among a number of Democrats that were voicing opposition to the bid for the Republican National Convention.
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Leaders of several Democratic groups predicted protests and other forms of unrest if Charlotte hosts the Republican National Convention in 2020. The groups held a press conference Monday in front of the Government Center to voice their opposition to the city's bid.

City council member Lawana Mayfield talked to reporters Wednesday about her opposition to Charlotte's bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention.
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The City Council could vote as early as Monday on contracts required to host the Republican National Convention in 2020.  The action comes amid reports that Charlotte is the favorite to be nominated for the event, and as council members debate whether hosting it is a good idea.

Democrat Joyce Waddell (right) and other state legislators from Mecklenburg County were among the first to register Monday for as candidate filing opened for the 2018 elections.
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Ten incumbent state legislators from the Charlotte area were among the first to file Monday as candidates began signing up for the 2018 election. Other races on the ballot this year include Congress, district attorney, county commission and other county positions.

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For many women who marched in Charlotte on Saturday, it was a year of political involvement and female empowerment. Many men across multiple industries lost their jobs after sexual harassment allegations surfaced, sparking the #MeToo movement.

Charlotte City Council members Larken Egleston (left) and Tariq Bokhari have a new podcast called "R&D in the QC," posted after council meetings.
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There's been lots of talk about the wave of young members joining the Charlotte City Council. They're already veering away from business as usual - when it comes to communicating with constituents. First, at-large member Braxton Winston live-streamed citizen comments from his seat at the dais. Now, two other new members - a Republican and a Democrat - are producing a post-meeting podcast. 

A speaker addresses the Charlotte City council Monday night, in this view from a live stream by Braxton Winston, from his seat at the council dais.
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The Charlotte City Council next month will consider whether to resume televising its pre-meeting citizen comment sessions - a practice halted after meetings were disrupted last spring. Newly elected at-large member Braxton Winston favors the change. At Monday's meeting, he took matters into his own hands by streaming the forum live from the dais. 

Vi Lyles takes the oath of office as Charlotte's new mayor Monday night from Superior Court Judge Yvonne Mims Evans.
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Change - on both the city council and across the city - was the main theme Monday night as Charlotte's new mayor, Vi Lyles, and city council council were sworn in at the Government Center.  The meeting was mostly ceremonial, except for one closely watched piece of business: election of a new mayor pro tem. On that, the council stuck to tradition.

2017 Voter Guide: Charlotte City Council

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of our voter guide inadvertently left off one candidate for an At-Large seat on the Charlotte City Council. Libertarian Steven DiFiore. He did take part in our survey and we have updated the guide to include his entry. We apologize for this error.

Tuesday, November 7 is Election Day.

Which means this is the season of voter guides.

But we in public radio know the power of hearing from someone directly. So our voter guide features the candidates in their own voices.

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With the election now just days away Candidate ME has become Candidate THEM, a modern twist on that election season classic - the voter guide.

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Next Tuesday, November 7, is Election Day. A lot of attention has been paid to the race for Charlotte mayor.

But there are other members of the city council who are elected citywide. And those races haven’t garnered the same level of attention.

Morning Edition host Marshall Terry and reporter Tom Bullock talk through the eight candidates vying for an at-large seat on the Charlotte City Council.

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With Election Day less than two weeks away and early votes already being cast, Candidate ME shifts into high gear. In this episode we introduce something new, real candidates call in to answer a mad lib and two important questions in order to sway your vote. And Host Tom Bullock unleashes positive and negative Candidate ME ads unto the world.

Two incumbents and two newcomers won Democratic nominations for Charlotte City Council at-large seats in Tuesday's primary. 

Updated at 9:55 p.m.
With most of the vote counted, two incumbents and two newcomers were leading Tuesday's Democratic primary for Charlotte City Council at-large seats. 

Incumbent James Mitchell (19.4 percent) was leading the race for four slots. Activist and political newcomer Braxton Winston and incumbent Julie Eiselt both had about 17 percent, and current 5th District council member Dimple Ajmera was leading in the race for the fourth slot, with 13.3 percent. Ryan McGill (12.1 percent) and incumbent Claire Fallon (11.2 percent) followed. 

The four nominees will face three Republicans in November. 

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Updated 10:36 p.m.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts conceded victory to Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles Tuesday in Charlotte's Democratic mayoral primary. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Lyles had about 46.2 percent to Roberts's 36.2 percent. Joel Ford was a distant third with about 15.9 percent.

Once the results are certified, Lyles will face Republican Kenny Smith in the general election on Nov. 7. 

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The final debate before any election is always the most contentious, the most pointed, some would say the most fun.

Wednesday night's Charlotte mayoral debate was no exception. It was televised in prime time and featured just the top tier candidates running for mayor. And it came just days before the all- important September 12 primary.

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Tuesday, September 12 is a make or break day in the world of local politics. It's primary day, the day the candidates find out if they made the finals, or if they were more pretenders than contenders.

WFAE's Tom Bullock joins Morning Edition Host Marshall Terry to talk about key things to watch. 

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