Dems sweep Charlotte at-large council seats; 1st openly gay person elected

Mayfield (Source: her Facebook page)
Mayfield (Source: her Facebook page)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Democrats swept all four seats in the at-large city council race Tuesday, and they will now enjoy a huge 9-2 edge on the council.

Two years ago Democrats celebrated as they increased their majority to 8-3 from 7-4.  Thanks in large part to changing demographics, the party now appears poised to dominate city politics for years to come.

Incumbent Republican Edwin Peacock III narrowly lost as the top four finishers in the at-large races were all Democrats Tuesday night.

Incumbents Patrick Cannon and David Howard, along with newcomers Claire Fallon and Beth Pickering, were the top vote-getters.

The Democrats also held on to all the seats they currently hold in the district races.

In District 3, LaWana Mayfield became the first openly gay candidate to ever win a Charlotte city council race.

She won the primary race in September over incumbent Warren Turner, and easily defeated Republican Ed Toney Tuesday in the heavily Democratic district.

Mayfield says she won not because of her sexual orientation but because of her emphasis on the local issues people care about.

"Honestly I believe the community recognizes that my five year committed relationship is the least of their worries," Mayfield told WBTV.  "We still need to look at stabilizing our property values, look at strong community safety, and smart economic growth."

In the other district races, incumbent Democrats Patsy Kinsey and Michael Barnes won, as did newcomer John Autry.  Autry replaces retiring Democrat Nancy Carter in District 5.

In District 2 Democrat James Mitchell ran unopposed.

The only Republicans left on the city council are Andy Dulin in District 6 and Warren Cooksey in District 7.  They both ran unopposed Tuesday.

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