Charlotte City Council races heat up, primary begins Thursday!
Posted on 24 Aug 2011 by Larry Shaheen Jr.
The races for the Charlotte City Council have commenced with over 30 candidates filing for only 12 slots. The Charlotte City Council is made up of the elected mayor and 11 council positions, 4 elected at-large and 7 elected from a district. Every single slot has either a primary and general save one. The only uncontested position is the District 6 seat so we congratulate Councilman Andy Dulin on being re-selected to represent the constituents of his district.
The Charlotte City Council occupies a very important position in the economic growth of our city, dealing with wide ranging issues such as transportation and infrastructure, to land use and business development. The council-members each have one vote, while the mayor does not. The mayor may only vote in the event of a tie, but he can veto measures passed by council.
The Charlotte City Council races have been contentious in the past and this year is no different. Yet, only a small group of constituents, roughly 20–25% or so each off year elect these officials. Most of these officials are not very well known and folks are left to determine who to vote for on incomplete information.
With that in mind my colleagues at CLT Blog and myself set out to record this episode featuring Chris Miller of WBT news radio (@chrismillerwbt), former Mecklenburg Democratic Party Chair Joel D. Ford (@joeldford), Mecklenburg County Republican Party Chair Gideon Moore (@gideonunc), and Associate Professor of Politics Michael Bitzer of Catawba College (@catawbapolitics) in order to help educate the public about the races and those involved.