It’s time to snag another “i Voted” sticker. Charlotteans head to the polls tomorrow to vote in primaries for mayor and Charlotte City Council.
Before you head out to vote, go here to see a sample ballot and to find your polling place.
Now let’s take a look at the races.
Five Democrats and three Republicans are on the ballot for Charlotte mayor, including Democratic incumbent Jennifer Roberts. Here’s where they stand on four key issues. And here’s who the Observer endorsed.
– Joel Ford
– Constance Partee (Connie) Johnson
– Vi Lyles
– Lucille Puckett
– Jennifer Roberts
– Kimberley Paige Barnette
– Gary Mitchell Dunn
– Kenny Smith
City Council At Large
A bunch of candidates — eight Democrats, three Republicans and one Libertarian — are vying for four at-large seats. But only the Democrats have a primary tomorrow. Here’s where they stand on four key issues and here’s who the Observer endorsed.
– Dimple Ajmera
– Jesse Boyd
– Roderick Davis
– Julie Eiselt
– Claire Green Fallon
– Ryan McGill
– James (Smuggie) Mitchell, Jr.
– Braxton Winston II
The top four vote-getting Democrats will face off against Republicans Parker Cains, John K. Powell, Jr., and David Michael Rice, and Libertarian Steven J. DiFiore II on the fall ballot.
Charlotte City Council District 1
Democratic incumbent Pasty Kinsey faces two Democratic challengers in this diverse district that stretches from Dilworth to NoDa. No one else is running for the seat, which means the winner of the primary is basically guaranteed to win the election. Here’s where the candidates stand on four key issues and here’s the Observer’s pick.
– Larken Egleston
– Patsy Kinsey
– Robert Mitchell
Charlotte City Council District 2
This district covering the northern part of the city was represented by Democrat Al Austin before he resigned to take a job with the state. Carlenia Ivory, who replaced him, isn’t running. Here’s where the candidates stand on four key issues and here’s the Observer’s pick.
– J’Tanya Adams
– Eric Erickson
– Justin Harlow
– Michael E. McLean
The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican Pete Givens in the general election.
Charlotte City Council District 3
There’s no primary in this district. Democrat LaWana Mayfield will go against Republican Daniel Herrera in the fall election.
Charlotte City Council District 4
This district in northeast Charlotte includes UNC Charlotte and last year was the epicenter of unrest that began with the September police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex on Old Concord Road. Incumbent Greg Phipps faces three Democratic challengers. No Republicans are running.
– Damiko Faulkner
– Priscilla Johnson
– Greg Phipps
– Wil Russell
Charlotte City Council District 5
This east Charlotte district is currently represented by the council’s first Millennial, Dimple Ajmera, who’s making a run for City Council At Large this fall. Here’s where the six Democratic candidates stand on four key issues and here’s the Observer’s pick. There is no Republican candidate.
– Darrell Bonapart
– Kris Chambers-Woodruff
– Scott Derek Jenkins
– Matt Newton
– Vinroy Reid
– Gary Young II
Charlotte City Council District 6
Covering south Charlotte from Myers Park to Highway 51, this district is a Republican stronghold. Two Republicans are vying to replace Kenny Smith, who is taking a shot at mayor. Here’s where they stand on four key issues and here’s the Observer’s pick.
– Tariq Scott Bokhari
– Eric Laster
The winner will face Democrat Sam Grundman and Libertarian Jeff Scott in the general election.
Charlotte City Council District 7
There’s no primary in this district. Democrat Sharon Roberts will face Republican Ed Driggs in the general election.
Reporting by Steve Harrison, Jim Morrill
Photo: Davie Hinshaw