Democratic primary voters backed the three incumbent Mecklenburg County commissioners Tuesday, sending Pat Cotham, Trevor Fuller and Ella Scarborough to the general election in November.
They will be favored to hold on to their seats. Only one Republican, Jeremy Brasch, is running in the general election.
There were also primaries in three districts.
In District 4, Mark Jerrell defeated Leigh Altman. With all precincts reporting, Jerrell has 40.9 percent to Altman's 37.1 percent.
There is no Republican in the race.
Incumbents Vilma Leake (District 2) and George Dunlap (District 3) also won their primaries. There are no Republicans in their races.
In the at-large race, with almost all precincts reporting, Cotham is in first with 25.1 percent. Fuller is second (22.5 percent) and Scarborough, the current chair, is third (21.8 percent).
Ray McKinnon, a pastor at South Tryon Community United Methodist Church, is in fourth place. McKinnon had raised nearly $38,000 for the primary, which is more than Cotham, Fuller and Scarborough had raised combined. He has 13.9 percent of the early vote.
Jamie Hildreth, a former board member of MeckPAC, an LGBT political action committee, is in fifth.
Cotham said she was not surprised that the three incumbents are likely to win.
"Incumbency is very powerful," she said.
Cotham said she hopes commissioners can work together "to find common ground." She said Mecklenburg County needs to take a greater role in building affordable housing, which has historically been handled by the city.
One issue in the race was the future of the 287(g) program, a partnership between the sheriff's office and the federal government. It allows local law enforcement to perform some immigration duties. Economic mobility and school funding were also debated.
District 4 covers much of east Charlotte and parts of uptown. Clarke's departure attracted three Democratic candidates: Jerrell, Altman and Queen Thompson.
Altman raised nearly $55,000 for the race and Jerrell raised $19,000.
In District 3, Dunlap (69.2 percent) defeated Angela R. Ambroise and George Dortche.
in District 2, incumbent Vilma Leake (81.3 percent) defeated Angela Edwards.