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Charlotte City Council set to vote on next mayor, faith leaders gather

On the eve of a city council meeting to determine the city's next mayor, faith leaders of all walks gathered for a service focused on healing and prayer.

Mecklenburg Ministries organized the interfaith service at Park Road Baptist Church with religious leaders from various houses of worship.

Two city council members also attended the service. John Autry told WBTV he does not believe there is a consensus on the choice for mayor. Council member Al Austin told WBTV he did not want to discuss which way he was leaning.

Two main front-runners have emerged since former Mayor Patrick Cannon resigned amid federal corruption charges last month. State Senator Dan Clodfelter and former city council member James Mitchell appear to have the most support.

Clodfelter is an attorney who has served several terms in Raleigh. He has previous city council experience, and could be seen as an outside choice to lead the city in the wake of scandal.

Mitchell served 14 years on city council before losing his spot following a match up against Cannon for mayor last year. Mitchell is a financial consultant.

Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes says he expects that a decision will be reached Monday.

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