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.