Six Democrats and two Republicans who want to be Charlotte’s next mayor face off in primaries on Sept. 15. Candidates must receive at least 40 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff, and advance to the general election. It’s the first mayoral election since Democrat Patrick Cannon was elected, only to resign and plead guilty to a federal corruption charge months later.
Here’s a quick look at each of the candidates in the primary, as well as links to profiles about each of the hopefuls and their responses to an Observer questionnaire about their views on city issues.
Edwin Peacock III
Neighborhood: Myers Park
Family: Wife; two children.
Occupation: Financial adviser, Northwestern Mutual.
Political experience: Republican mayoral nominee, 2013; Charlotte City Council, at-large, 2007- 2011.
Community service: Blumenthal Performing Arts trustee, North Carolina Arts Council; has served on various boards and commissions and once helped coach in Myers Park Trinity Little League.
Hometown: Born in upstate New York; lived in Charlotte for 16 years
Neighborhood: Providence Country Club
Family: Wife, two daughters in high school at Ardrey Kell
Occupation: President of American Engineering, a regional firm with Charlotte headquarters.
Political experience: Hasn’t held elected office. Charlotte mayoral candidate 2011; ran in 1996 for Arlington County (Va.) board.
Community service: Founder North Carolina Heroes Fund. Past chair of city of Charlotte business advisory committee.
Hometown: Rocky Mount
Family: Wife, three school-age kids
Education: UNC-Chapel Hill, BA; law degree N.C. Central University
Political experience: Charlotte city council member since 2005
Community service: Former volunteer with Mecklenburg County Democratic Party; former stakeholder with Rocky River Road Area Plan stakeholders group
Family: Wife; two adult children.
Occupation: Attorney, Parker Poe.
Political experience: Mayor, 2014-present: N.C. Senate, 1999-2014; City Council District 1, 1987-93.
Community service: Former chairman of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission.
Campaign contact: www.danclodfelter.com; 704-768-2143
Neighborhood: West Chester
Family: Roosevelt Brooks, Wanda Davis, Roderick Roseboro
Work Experience: Management, Security, Video Production, Customer service
Political Experience: This is my first time running for a political office.
Neighborhood: Steele Creek
Family: Wife; four children; two grandchildren.
Occupation: Senior vice president for the Housing Partnership.
Political experience: City Council at-large, 2009-present.
Community service: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, 2003-2009 (chair, 2007-2009); has served on boards of Charlotte Council of the Urban Land Institute, Steele Creek branch of the YMCA and Belmont Community Development Corp.
Has not responded to requests for information
Hometown: Raleigh, grew up in Charlotte.
Family: Husband, two children.
Occupation: Community advocate, consultant
Political experience: County Commissioner, 2004-2012.
Community Service: Board president of International House; vice president of the Choir School at St. Peter’s; leadership council for United Negro College Fund; raised money for domestic violence shelter on West Boulevard.
Compiled by April Bethea, firstname.lastname@example.org