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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles to seek second-term

“Since being elected Mayor, our city has made tremendous progress, but there is still more work to be done,” said Mayor Lyles.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles will officially file as a candidate for mayor - seeking election to a second term - on Thursday, July 11 at noon at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections. 

Lyles, who was elected mayor in November 2017, has made significant progress during her current term as mayor in the areas of affordable housing, jobs and transportation. 

“Since being elected Mayor, our city has made tremendous progress, but there is still more work to be done,” said Mayor Lyles. “In seeking a second term as your mayor, I’ll continue to address the areas of affordable housing, jobs and transportation while also tackling other issues essential for the city’s growth. I also ask for the support of the community as we work together to continue to make Charlotte an equitable place for all.”

Prior to her current term as Mayor, Lyles was elected Mayor Pro Tem in 2015 and also served two consecutive terms in an at-large seat on the Charlotte City Council. 

Spending her career in public service, Lyles worked in the City of Charlotte’s budget department, becoming the city’s budget director and later the assistant city manager before retiring. 

Lyles is also the city’s first public administrator to serve as mayor and the city’s first African American female Mayor. Raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Lyles is a graduate of Queens University of Charlotte and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.