CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- In addition to Charlotte’s tight mayoral race, local voters decided on other contests on Election Day, as well.
It was a Democratic sweep in the Charlotte City Council at-large race. All four Democrats beat four Republicans and one Libertarian to maintain a 9-2 majority in the council.
With his third victory, David Howard became the longest serving member at-large.
“You can’t take for granted when the public says to you, ‘We want you to lead us.’ You can’t take that for granted. When 770,000 people say we want your leadership, you can’t take that for granted,” Howard said.
Michael Barnes was the top vote-getter, followed by Vi Alexander Lyles, Howard and Claire Fallon.
Voters overwhelmingly approved two bond packages, one for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. It totals more than $290 million to pay for construction, renovations and upgrades. The other allots $210 million for Central Piedmont Community College for new classrooms and labs.
On the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board, District 2 incumbent Richard McElwrath lost his seat to Thelma Buyers-Bailey.
In District 6, a new member came on board. Paul Bailey takes the place of Amelia Stinson-Wesley, who didn’t run for reelection. Incumbents Rhonda Lennon and Tom Tate also won.