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Gantt endorsement shakes up Charlotte mayor's race

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Next Tuesday voters will decide between Charlotte city councilman James Mitchell and Charlotte Mayor Pro-tem Patrick Cannon in the democratic primary.

In an important development, former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt endorsed Mitchell.

"I think James Mitchell is the kind of mayor who can do this job," Gantt said. "So I am delighted to stand here today and offer my support to a candidate who will help take Charlotte to the next level."

It wasn't just Gantt on the square and on the stump with Mitchell in Center City, but endorsements also came from two sitting council members up for re-election and a former school board member along with the previous chairman of the Mecklenburg County Commission.

But Patrick Cannon has his own backers.

The Mayor Pro Tem said," Ella Scarborough former city person has endorsed our candidacy.Nasif Majeed a former has endorsed our candidacy."

Despite not getting the nod from Gantt, Mayor pro tem Patrick Cannon takes pride in endorsements from previous council members, and says this race is about experience.

"Acting as mayor pro tem has allowed me to serve in the capacity of mayor for two previous mayors in their absence," he said.

On the other hand, Mitchell says his career is one driven by positive outcomes.

"When they able to bring the Knights downtown leadership and results.When they needed to keep the panthers here, leadership and results," Mitchell said.

The Gantt endorsement is a prize for either candidate, but Cannon The mayor pro tem says they the only real endorsement that matters is the one on Tuesday. "The biggest endorsement will come from the general populous."

According to the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, the mayors race two years ago brought out three percent of the voters, and so far reports indicate that 26 hundred people have voted early.

Two other lesser known candidates are running on the democratic side. They are Gary Mitchell Dunn and Lucille Puckett.

Tuesday's democratic winner will face Republican Edwin Peacock on November 5.

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