Local & State
|Itís open season for 2019 Charlotte City Council seats|
|At least three districts are up for grabs|
|Published Monday, July 1, 2019 5:43 pm|
|PHOTO | DANIEL COSTON|
|Charlotte City Council will have at least three new district representatives in December. The filing period for candidates starts July 5.|
Charlotte City Council is changing, starting with the opening of the candidate filing on July 5.
At least three districts will have new representatives come December due to retirement or moves to at-large races, opening the door to wide-open races on the board, in which Democrats hold a 9-2 majority. And will anyone in either party challenge Mayor Vi Lyles, a Democrat who is up for re-election? Filing period closes July 19 at 12 p.m. Primary elections will be held Sept. 10 and the general election is Nov. 5.
Among the district races likely to become very competitive:
• District 2: Democrat Justin Harlow is bowing out after one term to concentrate on growing his dental practice. Malcolm Graham, a former District 4 representative and state senator who graduated Johnson C. Smith University, has expressed interest in the seat. Longtime political operative and former Black Political Caucus chair Colette Forrest sent emails last week to the candidacy of a woman candidate making her first run at elected office who is “a long time Charlotte resident, College educated and Community affirmed. She will be one of the people, to be elected by the people and she wouldn't have it any other way.”
Forrest was coy when asked if she’s the candidate.
“Sounds a lot like me doesn't it?” she said.
• District 3: Incumbent LaWana Mayfield, a Democrat, is jumping into the at-large race, which opens her seat. Community activists Terry Brown and Victoria Watlington are among the candidates looking to succeed her.
• District 4: Democrat Greg Phipps is opting out of his seat, which represents north Charlotte, including the University area and Sugar Creek communities.
Among the expected challengers are business owner Charlene Henderson and nonprofit director Charles Robinson.
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