Charlotte City Council member David Howard has announced he is running for re-election for an at-large seat he currently holds.
Howard, a Democrat, was first elected to the council in 2009. He becomes the fifth Democrat to say they are running for four at-large seats. Official filing doesnt begin until next month.
Howard said Tuesday he had considered running for mayor.
I explored the lay of the land, he said.
Howard said he wants to continue exploring ways to move the regions 2030 transit plan forward, possibly with private investment.
Two other at-large council members have said they are running for re-election: Democrats Claire Fallon and Beth Pickering. Democrat James Mitchell, who represents District 2, has also said he is running for an at-large seat. Former Charlotte Assistant City Manager Vi Lyles is also running.
The top four Democrats in the September primary will move on to the general election.
So far a handful of Republicans have also expressed interest in running for an at-large seat. They include Ken Harris Jr., Mark Frietch, Dennis Peterson and Vanessa Faura.
Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon is the only Democrat to announce a run for mayor. On the Republican side, former council member Edwin Peacock has said he is running.
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