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Claire Fallon reconsiders, may seek re-election to Charlotte council

Charlotte City Council at-large member Claire Fallon said she may run for reelection next year.
Charlotte City Council at-large member Claire Fallon said she may run for reelection next year. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Earlier this year, at-large City Council member Claire Fallon said she would not run for re-election in the fall of 2017.

But Fallon, a Democrat, said Tuesday she’s leaning toward running again, for her fourth term. Numerous people have asked her to stay on council, she said.

“I said that, and I meant that,” said Fallon. “I had made up my mind. I said I would travel. But everyone started talking to me from the top to the local community. They said, ‘You are the only one who asks questions.’”

Fallon, who is 81, had previously chaired the council’s public safety committee before Mayor Jennifer Roberts replaced her in December with Julie Eiselt. To protest, Fallon stopped attending those meetings for a few months.

Fallon said she is still pleased with the city’s most recent budget, which includes a new Fire Department ladder company for the Northlake Mall area and 63 new police officers.

Fallon has been a swing vote on numerous issues. She sometimes sides with the council’s 9-2 Democratic majority, but she has also voted with the council’s two Republicans.

Steve Harrison: 704-358-5160, @Sharrison_Obs

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