Last night after all 195 Charlotte precincts reported and 148,098 votes were counted, Charlotte officially announced its 7th new mayor in just 9 years – the first African-American female mayor in the history of our city – Vi Lyles.
Charlotte has had one of the highest mayor-turnover rates in American history over the past decade, including some major scandals, national appointments, and appointed stand-ins;
|Pat McCrory||1995–2009||Republican||Longest serving Mayor with seven terms. Later became Governor of North Carolina, the first Charlotte Mayor to do so.|
|Anthony Foxx||2009–2013||Democratic||Stepped down to become United States Secretary of Transportation.|
|Patsy Kinsey||2013||Democratic||Served the remainder of Foxx’s term.|
|Patrick Cannon||2013–2014||Democratic||Resigned after being arrested on corruption charges.|
|Daniel G. Clodfelter||2014–2015||Democratic||Appointed mayor by the City Council on April 7, 2014.|
|Jennifer Roberts||2015–2017||Democratic||Took office on 7 December 2015.|
|Vi Lyles||2017–||Democratic||Defeated Jennifer Roberts in Democratic Primaries|
A total of 21.00% of Charlotte’s ballots were cast in this election (148,098 out of 705,381), a significantly higher turn out than 2 years ago when a total of 14.76% of Charlotte’s ballots were cast (94,958 out of 643,281) to elect Jennifer Roberts.
Kenny Smith won the majority of the South Charlotte precincts, and Vi Lyles won the majority of the East, West, and North Charlotte precincts;
Last night, Vi thanked all her supporters, volunteers, family, and friends after her victory was announced;
Kenny Smith conceeded the race last night, saying that even though he has over-performed the past several Republican mayoral candidates, ultimately, more people showed up to the polls than expected for Vi;
Vi now has a press conference scheduled for Wednesday morning at 9:00 am where she will outline her plans for when she first takes office.