A record dozen Democratic candidates are running for the four at-large seats on the Charlotte City Council.
The crowded field was attracted by the prospect of two open seats. Democratic incumbents Michael Barnes and David Howard are running for mayor. Early voting in the primary starts Sept. 3. The primary election is Sept. 15.
The candidates include two incumbents (Claire Fallon and Vi Lyles) and two former council members (James Mitchell and Billy Maddalon). Other candidates have a range of civic and volunteer experience.
The four top vote-getters who get at least 40 percent of the vote move on to the general election. There they’ll face three Republicans – Pablo Cesar Carvajal, John Powell Jr. and David Michael Rice – for the four seats. Jim Morrill
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Learn more about the Democrats in September’s primary in the following profiles:
Here are key dates for the city’s September primary election:
Aug. 21: Registration deadline for primary.
Sept. 3: Early voting starts at Central Piedmont Community College. Other sites will be open Sept. 8-12.
Sept. 15: Primary
Oct. 6: Runoff (if needed)
Nov. 3: General election.
Upcoming Charlotte candidate forums:
▪ Aug. 25: TimeWarner Cable News mayoral debate. Democrats go at 6 p.m. Republicans at 7:30 p.m.
▪ Aug. 28: 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m: Charlotte Post mayoral debate, Carole Hoefener Center, 610 E. 7th St.
▪ Aug. 31: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Forum on Global Leadership, Hilton Center City.
▪ Sept. 1: 6:30 p.m.: #WTFwevote/Charlotte Agenda mayoral debate, McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square.
▪ Sept. 2: 6:30 p.m.: Charlotte Observer/WBTV mayoral debate, Queens University of Charlotte Conference Center, 2229 Tyvola Road. Meet the candidates reception, 6:30 p.m.; Republicans, 7:30 p.m.; Democrats, 8:30 p.m.
▪ Sept. 9: Taping of League of Women Voters debates at WTVI for later broadcast.
▪ Sept. 10: noon to 1:15 p.m., At-large candidates at Uptown Democratic Forum, Levine Museum of New South.