Politics & Government

Fuller elected to third year as Mecklenburg County commissioners chairman

Mecklenburg County Commissioners Chair Trevor Fuller.
Mecklenburg County Commissioners Chair Trevor Fuller. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Without much fanfare, Mecklenburg County commissioner Trevor Fuller was elected to his third term as chairman after earning a majority vote from the board’s five of six Democrats and three Republicans. Commissioners also re-elected Democrat Dumont Clarke as their vice chair for a third year.

Fellow Democratic commissioner Pat Cotham cast the only dissenting vote against Fuller and Clarke.

Their terms will expire next December.

“Thank you to you all for your continued confidence in my leadership, and I hope to continue to do you proud,” Fuller said.

Fuller, a Democrat elected to the board in 2012, has been chairman since 2013 after Cotham was ousted.

He’s received accolades for how he presides over nighttime meetings, often reining in board members when conversations go too long. But he’ll also hammer on some issues.

This summer, he decried the existence of a Confederate monument on county property. He’s lobbied county staff to maintain plans to redevelop Second Ward into a tribute to Charlotte’s historic Brooklyn Village community.

He also blasted state lawmakers for considering a sales tax redistribution plan that would have cost the county millions.

Tuesday’s swift elections were much less contentious than last year’s, when Cotham nominated herself chair, voted against Fuller and decried his call for unity.

The top vote-getter in 2012 and 2014 general elections, Cotham previously served as chair, but she fell out of favor with the board’s Democrats when she clashed with former County Manager Harry Jones and ultimately led the charge on his firing.

Jonathan McFadden: 704-358-6045, @JmcfaddenObsGov