Democrats and Republicans hope for At-Large City Council seats
(QUEEN CITY NEWS) – Lots of people watched the Charlotte City Council general race, and as of 11 p.m. Tuesday, workers were still counting the votes.
General candidates represent the entire city of Charlotte. There is a lot of money at stake in this race. Overall contestants raised more money than any county or city race we’ve tracked. On the Democratic side, six candidates are in the running. They have all served or are currently serving on city council.
Incumbent Braxton Winston is in the lead, and he says he looks forward to continuing the campaign and will focus on what matters to the community.
“That’s one of the nice things about the campaign trail, you can go and talk about the issues,” said At-Large Board Member Braxton Winston, “People want to know what we’ve done on housing affordability and the rapidly changing nature of so many neighborhoods is at the heart of so many issues.
Meanwhile, across the city, Republicans are also celebrating. There are four candidates running together on a slate, and while Charlotte has historically been a Democratic-run city, Republicans are hoping they can turn the city red. Candidates say they will continue to campaign to reach undecided and independent voters.
“You can expect to see us everywhere,” said Republican candidate David Merrill. team. We are all trying to work together to make these positive changes because we can. We feel the Democrats are isolated and running against each other and we think we will beat them. »
On Tuesday evening, the top four candidates from each party qualify for the July 15 elections. From there, four candidates will be chosen to represent Charlotte for a two-year term.