A writer for Politics365.com, a politics and policy news website for communities of color, says Charlotte City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield’s election as the city’s first openly gay or lesbian elected official is a good sign for Charlotte and the South.

Matt E. Stevens writes:

In a moment possibly indicative of the “New South” observers are talking about, barriers are quietly being torn down on the Charlotte, North Carolina city council. As the city enjoys a lift of national notoriety from the arrival of the Democratic National Convention in 2012, it’s also witnessing history within its local politics.


Now that she’s been elected, Mayfield wants to bring stability to real estate values, focus on solid economic development, and keep the community safe. She described her district as one with potential for additional investment if the area is marketed properly to businesses. Her district encompasses much of west and southwest Charlotte, including Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and some major interstates in the city.


And Mayfield doesn’t just talk about her area, she lives in it. Her home of 11 years is also in her district. It seems that her dedication to the neighborhood has finally put her in one of the best positions to advocate for it.

Read Stevens’ full write-up at Politics365.com…


Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

4 replies on “Writer: Mayfield’s election sign of ‘New South’”

  1. Interesting…

    So the south gets a gold star over one gay politician?

    Remember 2008? ..and this was in California:

    A lot of Obama/Yes-on-8 voters? The Associated Press exit polls show that African Americans and Latinos backed Proposition 8 in good numbers. Details here from AP:

    California’s black and Latino voters, who turned out in droves for Barack Obama, also provided key support in favor of the state’s same-sex marriage ban. Seven in 10 black voters backed a successful ballot measure to overturn the California Supreme Court’s May decision allowing same-sex marriage, according to exit polls for The Associated Press.

  2. I have to agree with Daffy – it doesn’t say anything new about the south or district 3. Councilman Turner’s corruption finally got to the point the voters of this district tossed him. This was the first election since I’ve been here that he even had an opponent. The only other opponenets were white men and that doesn’t play in this district. She won on racist voters, not high mindedness. I have been active in this community and can tell you first hand that Ms. Mayfield has not been engaged in her community. I doubt much will change when she’s on council. Judging from my previous interactions with her, I don’t think she’s capable of facilitating the agenda she proposes. I hope I’m wrong, but I sincerely doubt it. I wish we as voters would quit playing identity politics and start voting for competent candidates who will improve things for us all.

  3. What a sad commentary on politics and society that this newly elected official’s only attribute is that she is openly gay. If that is all she has to her credit (or discredit depending on your perspective), then why was she voted in. If the incumbant was so bad, why didn’t anyone else run against him – like someone else who has left comments on this article.

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