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Election 2013 – QNotes

2013 Year in Review

Arts. Entertainment. News. Views. 2013.

qnotes has scoured its archives and presents its most memorable, most read and most interesting news and feature stories from 2013.

Was Charlotte’s openly gay council member snubbed in committee assignments?

Editorial

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon announced committee assignments for members of Charlotte City Council on Tuesday, with one glaring exclusion. Charlotte’s first openly gay or elected official, Councilmember LaWana Mayfield, now in her second term representing District 3, was the only Council member not chosen to chair one of nine Council committees.

Cannon takes reins as Charlotte mayor as new Council sworn-in

PHOTOS: LGBT-friendly Kinsey steps down as mayor, Maddalon leaves Mayfield as only openly gay member of Charlotte City Council

Democrat Patrick Cannon was sworn-in as Charlotte’s new mayor on Monday night, promising an emphasis on jobs, the economy and community safety, while five new members of City Council joined returning members to jump start a new session in local government.

Will new Charlotte leadership retreat on LGBT inclusion?

Newly-installed Mayor Patrick Cannon and Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes have less-than-appealing positions on inclusion, experience with LGBT residents

New members of the Charlotte City Council, along with new Mayor Patrick Cannon, took their oaths of office on Monday night, also electing a new mayor pro tempore in a split vote that could create a power shift from more progressive leaders who have been recently outspoken on their support for LGBT residents.

Charlotte retains LGBT-friendly Democratic super-majority

Results bode well for advocates who want LGBT-inclusive human rights ordinance

Voters in North Carolina’s largest city sent a strong and loud message for Democratic support on Tuesday, again electing a 9-2 Democratic super-majority on City Council. The results bode well for local LGBT advocates who plan on seeking expanded non-discrimination protections for citizens and residents.

Cannon elected in tight race as next Charlotte mayor

Democrats sweep City Council at-large races

Democrat Patrick Cannon was elected the Queen City’s next mayor tonight, besting Republican opponent Edwin Peacock III. In City Council races, Democrats swept at-large seats, with several others easily winning in district races including openly lesbian incumbent LaWana Mayfield.