Politics & Government

Why are an Obama aide and a CNN commentator involved in Charlotte’s mayoral race?

Reggie Love campaigns with Mayor Jennifer Robrts Friday.
Reggie Love campaigns with Mayor Jennifer Robrts Friday. Jim Morrill

Charlotte Democratic mayoral candidates are bringing in some celebrated surrogates – and endorsements – in the final days of their primary campaign.

Jennifer Roberts campaigned Friday with Reggie Love, a native Charlottean, former Duke University athlete and close aide to President Barack Obama.

On Thursday Joel Ford hosted a town hall with Bakari Sellers, a former South Carolina lawmaker who’s now a CNN commentator.

And Vi Lyles released the endorsement of Bishop George Battle Jr., a leader of the the A.M.E. Zion Church and presiding prelate of the Piedmont Episcopal District.

Love said he campaigned with Roberts because she sought his support. He called her “a pioneer in standing up for inclusion and diversity.”

Sellers, who is backing a handful of candidates across the country, said he chose Ford after evaluating the field. “I knew Charlotte needed new leadership,” he told the Observer. “This is an important ace. Charlotte is not just a player in North Carolina but a regional player and a national player.”

In a statement, Battle said Lyle’s experience in city government “coupled with her vision and plan for the future of Charlotte is unmatched by her opponents.”

Jim Morrill: 704-358-5059, @jimmorrill