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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Pat Cothan, left, a Democratic chairman of the Mecklenburg County Commission, stands to give up her seat to the newly elected chairman of the group, Democrat Trevor Fuller. At right is Commissioner Vilma Leake, who cast the swing vote to elect Fuller.
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    Commissioner Bill James, left, speaks before a vote for the new chairman of the group. At right is commissioner Matthew Ridenhour. Both supported commissioner Pat Cothan.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Commissioner Dumont Clarke, center, was voted vice chairman of the Mecklenburg County Commission. At left is commissioner Vilma Leake and at right is commissioner Karen Bentley.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    A supporter of Pat Cothan holds up a sign before Trevor Fuller was voted chairman of the Mecklenburg County Commission.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Commissioner Trevor Fuller, right, talks with commissioner Kim Ratliff before the start of Tuesday night's meeting of the Mecklenburg Commission.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    New Mecklenburg Commission Chairman Trevor Fuller speaks to the group attending the meeting Tuesday night.
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    MARK HAMES - mhames@charlotteobserver.com
    Pat Cothan, left, congratulates Trevor Fuller after he was voted chairman of the Mecklenburg Commission.
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