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Black Political Caucus endorses bonds, Cannon and more

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Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
Democratic mayoral candidate Patrick Cannon smiles as he speaks to supporters as they celebrate his victory over fellow democrat James Mitchell at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 . Cannon won 55.6% of the vote in the Democratic mayoral primary. Joining Cannon on stage were his wife, Trenna, son, Patrick and daughter Brittany. Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

The Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg announced its support for Democrat Patrick Cannon’s mayoral bid and the education bonds on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The caucus recently held forums to hear from candidates for city offices and school board. School board endorsements released Monday were Thelma Byers-Bailey in District 2, Joyce Waddell in District 3, Tom Tate in District 4 and Eric Davis in District 5. The caucus made no endorsements in Districts 1 and 6. School board races are nonpartisan.

In the Charlotte City Council races, the caucus endorsed Vi Alexander Lyles, Michael Barnes and David Howard at large; Patsy Kinsey in District 1; Alvin Austin in District 2; LaWana Mayfield in District 3; Greg Phipps in District 4; John Autry in District 5; and Bakari Burton in District 7. All are Democrats. There was no endorsement in District 6, where Republican Kenny Smith has no opposition.

The caucus supports approval of $290 million in bonds for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and $210 million for Central Piedmont Community College.

Early voting starts Thursday; go to the Mecklenburg Board of Elections site for more information. Get details about candidates and the bond proposals at the Observer’s voter guide page.

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