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Incumbent defeated by first openly gay candidate in primary

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A political newcomer knocked off four-term incumbent Warren Turner in the District 3 Democratic city council primary.

LaWana Mayfield won 51% of the vote compared to Turner's 34%.  Svend Deal came in third with 15%.

Mayfield is the first openly gay city council candidate ever to win a primary in Charlotte.

District 3 is a heavily Democratic district, and therefore Mayfield will be the heavy favorite in November when she will face Republican Ed Toney.

Mayfield says she knocked on over 5,000 doors while campaigning in the primary.

She says one of her big issues she'll fight for if elected in November will be fighting against crime and other problems she says are being caused by absentee landlords.

 In other races Tuesday night, incumbents fared much better.

Incumbent Democrat Patrick Cannon won the most votes in the at-large primary race.  Fellow incumbent David Howard came in second.

Four candidates per party can run in the at-large race.  Cannon and Howard will be joined by newcomers Claire Fallon and Beth Pickering in that race.

Fallon and Pickering both finished well ahead of fifth place finisher Jarrisha Rorie, who was the only at-large Democrat not to advance to November's general election.

The Republicans only have four candidates so they didn't have an at-large primary Tuesday night.  The GOP candidates are incumbent Edwin Peacock, Christopher Hailey, Mohamed Moustafa, and Curtis Watkins.

In other primary races Tuesday night, incumbent Republican Warren Cooksey beat back a challenge from Jay Privette in District 7.  Cooksey won 60%-40%.

Cooksey will hold his seat because no Democrat filed to run in District 7.

In District 2, Democratic incumbent James Mitchell easily held off a challenge from three other candidates -- including his ex-wife Vivian Mitchell -- by winning 71% of the vote in the four-way race. 

Mitchell will hold his seat because no Republican filed to run in his district.

In District 5 there was no incumbent running because Nancy Carter is retiring after 12 years on the council.

John Autry narrowly defeated Darrell Bonapart in the District 5 primary, 49%-44%.  Alex Hartley, Jr., came in third at 7%.

Autry will square off against Republican Dennis Peterson in November.

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