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New Charlotte mayoral candidate has puzzling web site for debut

Roderick Davis became the fifth Democrat to file paperwork to run for Charlotte mayor. His campaign web site provides information about a candidate named Vince Smith, who says he is running to serve on Capitol Hill.
Roderick Davis became the fifth Democrat to file paperwork to run for Charlotte mayor. His campaign web site provides information about a candidate named Vince Smith, who says he is running to serve on Capitol Hill.

The race for Charlotte mayor gained a new candidate Wednesday, when Democrat Roderick Davis filed to run.

Davis’ entrance in the race surprised some candidates, and the Davis Web site led to more questions.

Under the section of the web site where someone can learn more about the candidate, a new page appears that gives more information, “About Vince Smith.”

That page says that Vince Smith is running to serve on Capitol Hill – not to be Charlotte mayor. It says Smith was born in rural Alabama, earned a scholarship to an Ivy League school and led his high school football team a state championship. It says he was a prosecutor.

The photographs on the web site are of the same person, but they are stock images that have been used on a number of web sites, including the Seminole County Bar Association in Florida.

Davis, 31, said someone designing the web site became sick and couldn’t finish the job. He said he hopes to have the web site corrected by Friday and that the site that was visible to the public Thursday was a template.

“I was born right here in Charlotte,” said Davis, correcting the web site’s information that he was born in Alabama.

Davis is the fifth Democrat to file paperwork to run for mayor. Filing ends Friday.

The others are Michael Barnes, David Howard, Dan Clodfelter and Jennifer Roberts.

Davis, whose lives on Westcliff Drive near Freedom Drive, said one reason he is running is to correct what he said are problems with the city payroll. He said there are people with several years of work experience who make more than younger employees with the same credentials.

This is his first time running for office.

“I haven’t heard of him until I read that he filed yesterday,” Howard said. “Nope. I never heard of him.”

Two Republicans are running: Edwin Peacock and Scott Stone.

Steve Harrison: 704-358-5160, @Sharrison_Obs

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