In her bid for a third City Council term, Democrat LaWana Mayfield won one rematch in September and now faces another.
On Tuesday Mayfield faces Republican Eric Netter in Charlotte City Council District 3. In 2013 she defeated him with more than 77 percent of the vote.
In the September primary, she won 60 percent of the vote in beating two other Democrats, including her District 3 predecessor, Warren Turner.
Mayfield and Netter are running in the west Charlotte district that stretches from Freedom Drive and Mount Holly Road in the north to Lake Wylie in the south. Home to Charlotte’s airport and much of South End, it includes pockets of westside poverty and thriving new commercial and residential areas in the southwest.
Nearly 6 in 10 of the district’s voters are Democrats. They outnumber Republicans 6-1. Even unaffiliated voters outnumber Republicans more than 2-1. Fifty-four percent of the registered voters are African-American.
A former community organizer, Mayfield works almost full time for the district.
“This is not a part-time job,” she says. “You want to see who’s really being engaged? Watch the council meetings.”
She says she’s running to increase public safety and continue economic growth that’s brought millions in new residential and commercial development. She has organized six job fairs for her constituents and says more than 2,500 people have found jobs as a result.
Earlier this year, she was a strong supporter of an anti-discrimination ordinance backed by the LGBT community.
Mayfield says she’s welcomed new development in older neighborhoods such as Wilmore and along West Boulevard. But she wants to ensure that long-time residents don’t become victims of gentrification.
“When you have a diverse community, you’re going to have a stronger community,” she said this week during a debate.
During that same debate, Netter said he would focus on reducing crime in the district. He also called for expansion of the Charlotte Area Transit System. He offered few specifics on that or other policies.
In August the Observer reported that he has a record that includes four trips to prison. Records show he spent two months in prison in 2002 for driving while intoxicated. In 2007, he spent five months behind bars on a probation violation. Department of Correction records show he was also imprisoned in 2001 and 1994. Both times followed driving convictions.
Now he relies on a driver.
“You can rest assured that right now Eric Wayne Netter is not behind anybody’s wheel,” he said in August.
Family: Partner, Gelisa Stitt.
Education: Attended Central Piedmont Community College.
Occupation: Former Mecklenburg County project coordinator for Grassroots Leadership; previously worked at the Red Cross.
Community involvement: Serves on the National League of Cities Human Development Committee as president of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials (GLBTLO); board member of Smart Start; secretary of the North Carolina Black Elected Municipal Officials.
Politics: Elected to City Council in 2011 and 2013.
Education: Attended Mars Hill University.
Occupation: Real estate investor.
Community involvement: Volunteered for Second Harvest food bank and Room at the Inn.
Politics: Lost to Mayfield in 2013.
On the ballot
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Find more details, including early voting sites, at charlotteobserver.com/election.
Here are key races:
Charlotte mayor: Democrat Jennifer Roberts and Republican Edwin Peacock square off.
Charlotte City Council: Democrats Julie Eiselt, Claire Fallon, Vi Lyles and James Mitchell face Republicans Pablo Carvajal, John Powell and David Rice for four at-large council seats. There also are races in Districts 2, 3, 4 and 7.
School board: Mecklenburg County voters will elect three at-large members.
Commissioners’ terms: Voters will decide in a referendum whether to extend the terms of county commissioners from two to four years.
Mecklenburg County towns, other counties: Voters across the region will decide on a variety of races, including mayors, town boards and school boards.
Early voting: Cast your ballot early through Saturday. Mecklenburg County has 17 sites. CPCC, 1325 E. Seventh St., is open 8 a.m.-7 p.m. through Friday. Other sites are open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. All 17 sites are open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. As of Wednesday, 9,146 voters have voted early in Mecklenburg County.