Politics & Government

Michael Barnes announces he’s running for mayor

City Council member Michael Barnes announced on his Facebook page Wednesday night that he’s running for mayor.

Barnes, who has been an at-large member since 2013, joins a crowded field for the Democratic primary this fall. He joins at-large member David Howard and former county commissioner Jennifer Roberts, who have already announced. The current mayor, Dan Clodfelter, has given strong indications that he wants to keep his job.

No Republicans have yet announced.

In his post, Barnes said he was worked on issues such as economic development, citing companies such as Electrolux and MetLife that came to the city after Barnes and other council members approved incentives. He also pointed to infrastructure improvements, such as sidewalks and light rail, and an increase inthe number of police officers.

Barnes was first elected to council in 2005, where he represented District 4 in northeast Charlotte.

The November election could usher in the city’s fifth mayor since spring 2013. Anthony Foxx stepped down to become the U.S. secretary of transportation and was replaced by council member Patsy Kinsey. Patrick Cannon was elected in November 2013 and then was arrested on federal corruption charges. The council appointed Clodfelter, then a state senator, to fill the rest of the mayor’s term.