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City of Charlotte receives 138 applications for vacant city council seat

Former City Council member James Mitchell (Democrat) resigned from the at-large position on Jan. 11.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The City of Charlotte is no longer taking applications for the vacant at-large city council seat. 

The application period for the vacant At-Large City Council seat closed Tuesday at 5 p.m. A total of 138 people applied to serve the remainder of the 2019-2021 term, which ends on December 6, 2021. 

On Wednesday, the city will review the applications and applicants will be notified whether or not they meet the minimum requirements to be eligible to be appointed to the seat. In addition to that outreach, eligible candidates will be provided information on how to sign-up to speak at Friday’s public forum. Speakers will be given a maximum of two minutes to speak.

Former City Council member James Mitchell (Democrat) resigned from the at-large position on Jan. 11.

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North Carolina state statutes allow for council vacancies to be filled through an appointment process. In cities, including Charlotte, whose elections are conducted on a partisan basis, the person appointed must be a member of the same political party as the person being replaced.

Applicants must also be registered to vote, 21 years of age or older, and reside within a Charlotte municipal district and be qualified to vote in City Council elections. The appointed council member will serve the remainder of the 2019-2021 council term, which ends on December 6, 2021.

Interested applicants can apply for the vacancy by completing the online application form, or submitting a completed application by email, cityclerk@charlottenc.gov, or by fax at 704-336-7588. Applicants must answer each question to be considered for the vacancy.

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