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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.
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.
A local LGBT political group is congratulating the winning candidates in Tuesday’s general election for local offices.
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.