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2-Minute Charlotte: Which mayoral candidate is winning the money game?

Democratic mayoral candidates Michael Barnes, left, Jennifer Roberts, center, and David Howard, right, during a mayoral forum on April 9, 2015 at UNC Charlotte featuring three of the four Democratic candidates running for mayor.
Democratic mayoral candidates Michael Barnes, left, Jennifer Roberts, center, and David Howard, right, during a mayoral forum on April 9, 2015 at UNC Charlotte featuring three of the four Democratic candidates running for mayor. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

2-Minute Charlotte gets you caught up on the day’s most important local news before your coffee has a chance to cool down. Today’s edition: 328 words. Expected reading time: 1 minute, 39 seconds.

Jennifer Roberts is killing it in the money game. The former Mecklenburg County commissioners chairwoman is now running for Charlotte mayor, and at $300,000 has brought in nearly double what the No. 2 candidate has raised from donors. Bonus: See which Charlotte big-wigs are backing each candidate.

THE BACK STORY: Four candidates, all big names, are running as Democrats: Roberts, sitting Mayor Dan Clodfelter, and city councilmen David Howard and Michael Barnes. Two mainstays of the Republican party – Edwin Peacock and Scott Stone – are running on that side of the ticket. In case you forgot, Clodfelter wasn’t ever elected mayor. He was appointed to the role after our former Mayor Patrick Cannon was led away in handcuffs. Clodfelter may or may not have promised not to run for mayor, but, well, here we are.

WHY THIS MATTERS: Hardly anyone is going to vote in the Charlotte mayoral primary Sept. 15. But these financial reports released in the past few days give the first glimpse of who’s rallying a base and getting organized. Roberts has raised a ton of money and has some big names behind her, but will it be enough to separate her from the crowded field? We’ll set aside the challenges the Republicans will face in the general election for now.

What people are talking about

R.I.P. BUDDY BAKER: The NASCAR champ and long-time Lake Norman resident died this morning at 74.

GUN FOUND AT CHURCH: Two people were arrested at a north Charlotte church after acting suspiciously and carrying a gun in a backpack.

What to watch for

FIXING UP PARK ROAD: The Park and Woodlawn area is hot right now, but it’s not super walkable and there really isn’t a ton of office space. With Grubb Properties set to develop in the area, there’s a new focus on making the area more urban and appealing.

PROTECTING THE CONFEDERATE MONUMENT: The county may put up surveillance cameras to try to keep people from defacing a Confederate monument on public property.

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