Mayor Vi Lyles has just won the Charlotte Democratic Mayoral Primary Election.
Lyles – who is seeking a third term – will be the democratic candidate in the November 8 general election after beating out Lucille Puckett,
Tigress Sydney Acute McDaniel, and
Tae McKenzie with 84 percent of the total vote.
“I began my journey focusing on affordable housing, jobs and better transportation. Together, we’ve made tremendous strides in those areas,” said Lyles, who was elected mayor in 2017, becoming the first Black woman mayor to serve in the role.
Lyles – who was first elected after besting incumbent Mayor Jennifer Roberts in the primary – was the first mayor to be elected for a second term in several years after winning her 2019 bid. She also broke election records, garnering the highest number of votes in nearly a decade.
Lyles will now face off against Republican mayoral primary winner Stephanie de Sarachaga-Bilbao, who beat out primary candidate M. Moustafa with 70% of the total vote.
This is De Sarachaga-Bilbao’s first political race. She is a Charlotte native with a background in finance and media and says public safety will be at the top of her platform.
You can find out more about her on her website here.