Incumbents win in district contests


Voters in the three contested district seat races for City Council wisely decided to send all three incumbents on to the November general elections.

LaWana Mayfield held off a challenge in District 3 from Warren Turner, the former council member whom she beat four years ago to take the seat representing west and southwest Charlotte.

Turner, whose final term on the council was marred by allegations of sexual harassment, had hoped to make a comeback. The allegations led City Council to consider censuring him, but it declined to do so. He was fired from his job as a probation officer, then reinstated. Voters were right to turn back his comeback bid.

In District 2, incumbent Al Austin easily overcame newcomer Steven Jones. In the overwhelmingly Democratic district representing west Charlotte and uptown, he will next face Republican Justin Dunn.

In District 5, voters picked incumbent John Autry over challenger Scott Jenkins. With no Republican opposition in November, Autry is poised to claim another term on council, where he has pressed for Eastland Mall’s redevelopment.