Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts announced Thursday in an email to supporters that she’s running for reelection next year.
Roberts was elected in November 2015, and will compete in the Democratic primary in September assuming she draws an opponent. The general election is in November.
“This week marks the one year anniversary of when I was sworn in as mayor, and I have loved every minute of serving Charlotte,” Roberts said in the email, which was sent by her campaign. “Our city has faced challenges this year, but through continued hard work and by sticking together we will emerge stronger than ever.”
The next mayor’s race will likely have two high-profile issues. One is the city’s handling of its nondiscrimination ordinance that extended legal protections for the LGBT community and House Bill 2, which nullified that ordinance. The other is the Keith Lamont Scott shooting and the city’s response to protests.