Newspaper says incumbent Turner has 'eroded confidence'
CHARLOTTE — In a clear repudiation of incumbent, Democratic City Councilmember Warren Turner, The Charlotte Post has endorsed his primary challenger, LaWana Mayfield.
“We endorse LaWana Mayfield, a longtime community activist for the nomination,” the weekly, African-American community newspaper wrote. “Although she has never run for political office, Ms. Mayfield has been a dogged campaigner who has impressed many with her grasp of issues important to the city as a whole and District 3 in particular. Her platform of stabilizing property values, consistent economic development and public safety are basic themes, but Ms. Mayfield pledges to be a more consistent advocate for those outcomes.”
Racked by allegations last year of anti-gay and misogynistic sexual harassment, Turner also lost his job as a probation officer with the North Carolina Department of Corrections. The newspaper said Turner’s good works for District 3 were unable to balance the allegations he faced and his other misdeeds.
“Incumbent Warren Turner has done a good job in bringing economic development to the district, which stretches from South End in Charlotte’s urban core to its southwest corner,” the endorsement column read. “However, allegations of sexual harassment by city employees and losing his state probation officer job have eroded confidence in his ability to deliver proper representation for constituents.”
Mayfield is the fourth openly gay or lesbian person to seek local elected office in Charlotte. If successful, she will be the first openly gay or lesbian person to elected to Charlotte City Council. Mayfield will face off with Turner and a second primary challenger, Svend Deal, next Tuesday, Sept. 13. The general election will be held on Nov. 8.
qnotes has also endorsed Mayfield’s candidacy.
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