City Council member at large Braxton Winston gives his introductory speech during the Swearing-In Ceremony in Charlotte on Monday, December 4, 2017.
City Council member at large Braxton Winston gives his introductory speech during the Swearing-In Ceremony in Charlotte on Monday, December 4, 2017. Joshua Komer Joshua Komer
City Council member at large Braxton Winston gives his introductory speech during the Swearing-In Ceremony in Charlotte on Monday, December 4, 2017. Joshua Komer Joshua Komer

Ely Portillo covers local and state government for the Charlotte Observer, where he has previously written about growth, crime, the airport and a five-legged puppy. He grew up in Maryland and attended Harvard University.