Your guide to Charlotte’s 2017 Primary Races
Charlotte primaries are heating up and I’m here to help you navigate the election news in a time of distrust, disruption and general apathy. At least that’s been the Charlotte trend in recent years. Some can be attributed to the intentional voter suppression tactics like reduced voting locations, purging voter rolls and dramatically reducing early voting windows. But with #45 in office, there’s no time to rest. So here’s your guide to an early local primary season.
According to Ballotpedia, The city of Charlotte will hold elections for mayor and city council on November 7, 2017. A primary will be held in September. All 11 seats on the city council are up for election. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is July 21, 2017 which means there’s still time for candidates to enter.
Who’s running for Mayor in 2017?
Incumbent Mayor Jennifer Roberts finishes up her first 2- year term this November. She faces two democratic competitors in the upcoming primary:
And one Republican candidate:
- District 6 City Councilman Kenny Smith
Who’s running for City Council in 2017?
All 7 district seats and 4 at large seats, each with 2-year terms, are up for election. The following have announced their intent to run:
- Larken Egleston, District 1 Candidate
- J’Tanya Adams, District 2 Candidate
- Incumbent Lawana Mayfield, District 3
- Priscilla Johnson, District 4 Candidate
- Kris Chambers Woodruff, District 5 Candidate
- John Powell, City Council At large Candidate
Who’s running for School Board in 2017?
Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board has 6 seats up for election; each with 4-year terms.