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Patrick Cannon, who rose from public housing to become mayor of North Carolina’s largest city, was arrested Wednesday by the FBI and accused of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes – including $20,000 in cash delivered in a briefcase last month to the mayor’s office.

Complaint: The federal allegations against Cannon
           | Excerpts | Timeline | Press release
Cannon steps down: Read his resignation letter
Who becomes mayor? City Council must appoint
Editorial: Cannon could no longer lead
Siers editorial cartoon: Mayor Cannon

Peacock v. Cannon: Who will be Charlotte's next mayor?

Patrick Cannon seeks balance in government

The Democrat keeps one foot planted in Charlotte’s center city neighborhoods, yet also is tune with the city’s Republican, fiscally conservative suburban residents.   Video

Edwin Peacock values collaborative approach

The Republican’s role in an outdoor fitness group reflects the leadership style he would bring to the job as mayor: One that’s inclusive, collaborative and focused.   Video
    • Peacock questions whether Cannon fit to be mayor
    • Mayoral hopefuls urge voters to cast ballots
    • Cannon, Peacock clash over taxes, Panthers, facts
    • Peacock edges Cannon in campaign money
    • More stories, other resources

Charlotte City Council At-large

Nine candidates are running for four at-large seats on the council. The field includes two incumbent at-large members. Meanwhile, Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon is giving up his seat to run for mayor, and Beth Pickering lost in the Democratic primary.

Forum draws differences among at-large hopefuls

Michael D. Barnes    • Barnes hoping to jump to at-large seat
Claire Green Fallon, incumbent     • Fallon: 'I say what I think'
David Howard, incumbent     • Howard sees Charlotte as a 'global city'
Vi Alexander Lyles    • Lyles eyes return to city government

Vanessa Faura     • A 'passion for Charlotte' fuels Faura's run
Mark Frietch     • Frietch aims to recruit 'bright companies'
Ken Harris     •Harris wants return to kinder days
Dennis Peterson     • Peterson's focus: Economic growth

Eric A. Cable    • Bike ban pushed Libertarian into local politics


Charlotte City Council Districts

All seven district seats are on the ballot this year, though only districts 2, 3, 4 and 7 currently have competitive races for the general election.

Where is my district? Look it up here   • Map

District 1
• Patsy Kinsey, Democrat

District 2
Alvin (Al) Austin, Democrat     •Why I'm the best candidate (Primary column)
• Darryl Broome, Republican
Two vie to replace Mitchell in District 2

District 3
LaWana Mayfield, Democrat, incumbent
• Eric Netter, Republican
• C. Travis Wheat, Libertarian
Mayfield faces two challenges in District 3

District 4
Greg Phipps, Democrat  • Why I'm best candidate (Primary column)
Michael Zytkow, unaffiliated     • Former Occupier gets on city ballot
Phipps faces independent Zytkow in District 4

District 5
John Autry, Democrat, incumbent

District 6
Kenny Smith, Republican

District 7
Bakari Burton, Democrat
Ed Driggs, Republican
Driggs looks to continue GOP hold on District 7

The Observer checked criminal, civil and voting records of Charlotte’s 43 mayoral and City Council candidates. The checks covered more than a decade.

U.S. Rep and Civil Rights veteran John Lewis got happy. So did Malcolm Graham.Graham, a Charlotte...

Campaign Tracker

A North Carolina blogger known as Lady Liberty 1885 turned up an interesting letter from big-dist...

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Candidate questionnaires

The Observer has partnered with the N.C. Center for Voter Education to get campaign statements and bios for candidates running for office across the Charlotte region. Read their responses by clicking here.

More resources


The Observer editorial board is offering its picks on some races and issues on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Charlotte Mayor
Charlotte City Council
CMS, CPCC bonds
Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, Bond Referendums

All district seats are up for a vote this year, and only one incumbent -- Joyce Waddell in district 3 -- faces no opposition. The board is non-partisan.

Voters face a choice in school board races
Candidate background checks raise few concerns

CANDIDATE QUESTIONNAIRES: Want to know the school board hopefuls' views on issues such as the budget, the vision of the superintendent and current board and how to recruit and retain high-quality teachers? Read their responses to our questions by clicking here.

Where is my district? Look it up here    Map

Interactive Map: CMS district seats up for vote Nov. 5

District 1:
Rhonda Lennon, incumbent
Christine Mast
Story: School construction pace drew incumbent, challenger

District 2:
Thelma Byers-Bailey
• Richard A. McElrath, Sr., incumbent
Story: Former McElrath supporter wants to replace him

District 3:
• Joyce Waddell, incumbent

District 4
Tom Tate, incumbent
• Queen Elizabeth Thompson
Story: Senior board member faces a challenge

District 5:
Eric Davis, incumbent
Edward Donaldson
Story: Incumbent Davis faces school board critic

District 6:
Paul Bailey
Bolyn McClung
• Doug Wrona
Story: Three candidates offer differing vision for open seat

More resources

MeckEd candidate profiles

Bond referendums

Mecklenburg voters will consider two referendums on the Nov. 5 ballot: a $290 million bond package for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and $210 million for Central Piedmont Community College.

CPCC bonds would expand space, opportunities for evolving economy
CMS bonds show new tactics for school construction    Interactive map
Successes, setbacks shape 2007 bond plan        Interactive map
Campaign cranks up for CMS, CPCC bonds
CPCC leaders say 'Vote Yes' bond e-mail crossed line

More resources

CMS bond site
CPCC projects
'Vote Yes' campaign
Bond opposition statement

Town elections

The county's towns also are holding elections for their non-partisan boards
Note: (I) = incumbent


Ten candidates competing for Cornelius town board

Mayor: Chuck Travis is unopposed

Board of Commissioners: (5 seats)
Robert Ageenko
• Del Arrendale
John R. Bradford, III (i)
• Jim Duke
• Dave Gilroy (i)
Michael Miltich
• J. R. Mount
• Thurman Ross, Jr.
• William C. Sykes
Woody Washam, Jr.


Eight candidates seek seats on Davidson board

Mayor: John M. Woods, (i) is unopposed.

Board of Commissioners (5 seats)
Stacey Anderson
Beth Cashion
• Jim Fuller (i)
Rodney Graham (i)
• Brian Jenest (i)
•  Rick Short
• Connie J. Wessner (i)
Vince Winegardner


• Jim Puckett
• Jill Swain (i)

Board of Commissioners (6 seats)
Melinda Bales (i)
• Lawrence Brinson
Franklin Freeman
• Charles S. Guignard (i)
Ron Julian (i)
Rob Kidwell
Sarah McAulay (i)
Jeff Neely (i)
Danny Phillips (i)
Nick Walsh


Matthews town board will see new faces after election

Mayor: Jim Taylor, (i) is unopposed.

Board of Commissioners (6 seats):
John F. Higdon
Gina S. Hoover
Christopher L. Melton
• Jeff Miller (i)
Joe Pata
Kress Query (i)
John Ross
• John R. Urban (i)


Mayor: Ted Biggers, (i), is unopposed

Board of Commissioners (4 seats)
• Lloyd D. Austin (i)
• Dale Dalton
Carl Mickey Ellington (i)
• Rich Ferretti
• Harry Marsh
• Brenda McRae (i)
• Richard (Fig) Newton
• Eric Random
• Katrina (Tina) Weaver Ross (i)


• Libby B. Boatwright
• John Edwards
• George C. Fowler (i)

Town Council: (4 seats)
• Al (Billy) Baskins
• Melissa Rogers Davis (i)
• Jim Eschert
• Deborah B. Fowler (i)
• Les Gladden (i)
Kevin Icard
• David Phillips (i)

Patrick Cannon, who rose from public housing to become mayor of North Carolina’s largest city, was arrested Wednesday by the FBI and accused of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes – including $20,000 in cash delivered in a briefcase last month to the mayor’s office.

The complaint: Read the federal allegations against Cannon | Excerpts | Timeline
Cannon steps down:
Read his resignation letter
Who becomes mayor?City Council to make appointment
Editorial: Cannon could no longer lead
Siers editorial cartoon: Mayor Cannon


Elections across the Charlotte region

Other area cities and towns are holding elections for mayoral and council seats.

Here are phone numbers and websites for local boards of elections

Alexander County:
828‑632‑2990    Website

Burke County:
828‑433‑1703    Website

Cabarrus County:
704‑920‑2860    Website
Concord candidates sound off before election
At least one new leader coming to Harrisburg
New mayor, council coming to Kannapolis

Caldwell County:
828‑757‑1326    Website

Catawba County:
828-464-2424    Website
Six candidates compete for Hickory mayor

Cleveland County:
704‑484‑4858    Website

Gaston County:
704-852-6005    Website
Corruption spurs election interest in Cherryville
Belmont candidates say growth, development are key issues
Mayor, council races heat up in Cramerton

Iredell County:
704-878-3140     Website
Statesville election will bring change
Mooresville voters will decide 3 races on Nov. 5

Lincoln County:
704-736-8480    Website

Rowan County:
704-216-8140    Website

Union County:
704-283-3809    Website
Plenty is at stake in Monroe’s Oct. 8 election

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