Nov. 4 headlines: Charlotte, meet your new mayor — Jennifer Roberts


Democrat Jennifer Roberts will be the next mayor of Charlotte. She beat Republican Edwin Peacock with 52 percent of the vote Tuesday night. The difference was fewer than 4,000 votes.

To celebrate, she partied at Jackalope Jacks. See? She’s just like you and me.

Voter turnout was at 14.7 percent (94,549), even lower than it was two years ago for the last mayoral election.

Democrats swept the four at-large Charlotte City Council seats, with Julie Eiselt, Vi Lyles, Claire Green Fallon and James “Smuggie” Mitchell finishing in that order. Mitchell only beat fifth-place John Powell Jr., a Republican, by fewer than 200 votes.

Other City Council results:

– District 1: Patsy Kinsey – D (unopposed)
– District 2: Al Austin – D (79 percent)
– District 3: LaWana Mayfield – D (76 percent)
– District 4: Greg Phipps – D (71 percent)
– District 5: John Autry – D (unopposed)
– District 6: Kenny Smith – R (unopposed)
– District 7: Ed Driggs – R (68 percent)

And Ericka Ellis-Stewart, Elyse Dashew and Mary McCray were elected to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board.

Voters also rejected four-year terms for Mecklenburg County Commissioners.

For more, and results from elections in other parts of the county and area, check out the Observer’s coverage.

In other headlines …

– The Panthers are, understandably, reviewing their security after a couple of protesters were able to sneak rappelling gear into Bank of America Stadium and dangle from the upper deck during the Monday Night Football game. They were protesting the bank’s financing of a natural gas facility in Maryland. No one seems to know how they got the equipment in the stadium, but they did have real tickets.

Do you think they fit all that rappelling equipment into one of those clear plastic bags?

– A developer is planning to build 280 apartments at 25th and Brevard Streets, next to a station on the light rail extension. About 1,300 apartments are planned along the extension from Ninth to 36th street. If you build it (the light rail), they (developers) will come.

– The Hornets finally got a win Tuesday night, and it was a dominant one. Charlotte beat the Chicago Bulls 130-105 at home. Meanwhile, the Hornets’ Twitter account kept sending out gifs like this one:

And this one:

– A new book that comes out this week paints a not-so-rosy picture of life in Mayberry and the comic team behind “The Andy Griffith Show,” Andy Griffith and Don Knotts. Among the things you’ll learn: Aunt Bea was so unpopular with the rest of the cast that no cast members attended her funeral.

Photo: David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer


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