Charlotte council to hold special meeting to discuss RNC

City leaders to vote ahead of RNC decision

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Charlotte City Council is expected to hold a specially-called meeting on Monday to discuss the prospect that the city may host the 2020 Republican National Convention, two sources with knowledge of the plans tell WBTV.

Word of the plan meeting first came Tuesday, the same day that Mayor Vi Lyles, a Democrat, published an editorial in the Charlotte Observer reaffirming her support for hosting the event.

Lyles' editorial was published amidst growing outcry from some Democrats—including at least two city council members and former Mayor Jennifer Roberts—who said the city should not host the event.

It is as yet unclear, according to people with knowledge of the situation, whether Monday's meeting will include a vote amongst council members on whether to support hosting the event but multiple council members tell WBTV there will be an open forum to discuss the event.

Charlotte has been cast as the frontrunner to host the quadrennial event. Only one other city, Las Vegas, is a finalist and city officials there have not made a public case for hosting the event.

The Republican National Committee is expected to vote on where to hold the event during its summer meeting in Austin, TX next week. The site selection committee is expected to take a vote on Wednesday morning.

WBTV will have a crew in Austin for the meeting.

Members of the Charlotte City Council and the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners will also head to Austin for the meeting.

County Commissioner Jim Puckett confirmed on Tuesday that he will attend the event along with Lyles.

Representatives from the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority are also expected to attend, WBTV has confirmed.

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