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2017 Charlotte mayoral election

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Charlotte mayoral election, 2017
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Nominee Vi Lyles Kenny Smith
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 71,876 49,555
Percentage 59.13% 40.77%

Mayor before election

Jennifer Roberts

Elected Mayor

Vi Lyles

The 2017 Charlotte mayoral election took place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Party primary elections were held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Second-round primaries would have been held on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, if they had been necessary, but both primary winners received more than the minimum 40 percent of the vote needed to avoid a runoff.[1] The incumbent, Democrat Jennifer Roberts, was eligible to run for a second two-year term. She ran but lost the Democratic nomination in the primary. Two members of the City Council, Democrat Vi Lyles and Republican Kenny Smith, won the primaries and advanced to face each other in the general election.[2] Vi Lyles defeated Kenny Smith in the general election, and became the 59th mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.


Jennifer Roberts, a former Mecklenburg County commissioner, was elected to her first term in 2015 when she defeated Republican Edwin Peacock III, a former Charlotte City Councilman.

Democratic primary




  • David Howard, former Charlotte City Councilman[3]


Jennifer Roberts
Joel Ford
  • Charlotte Fire Fighters Association[14]
  • Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition[15]
Vi Lyles


Poll source Date(s)
Margin of
Jennifer Roberts (D) Joel Ford (D) Vi Lyles (D) Constance Partee-Johnson (D) Other Undecided
Lake Research Partners[20] June 1–4, 2017 400 ± 4.9% 35% 15% 21% 28%


Candidates Democratic Primary Election - Sept. 12[21]
Candidate Party Votes Percent
Vi Lyles Democratic 15,773 46.15%
Jennifer Roberts Democratic 12,375 36.21%
Joel Ford Democratic 5,452 15.95%
Constance Partee (Connie) Johnson Democratic 310 0.91%
Lucille Puckett Democratic 267 0.78%

Republican primary



  • Kimberley Paige Barnette,[22] former magistrate[23]
    • Barnette garnered controversy in September 2017 when her Facebook page briefly described herself as "Republican $ Smart, White, Traditional." The controversy garnered national attention. [24]
  • Gary M. Dunn, candidate for Democratic nomination in 2013[22]
  • Kenny Smith, Charlotte City Councilman[25]


Kenny Smith


Candidates Republican Primary Election - Sept. 12[21]
Candidate Party Votes Percent
Kenny Smith Republican 7,912 88.63%
Gary M. Dunn Republican 553 6.19%
Kimberley Paige Barnette Republican 462 5.18%

General election


Poll source Date(s)
Margin of
Lyles (D)
Smith (R)
SurveyUSA October 18–21, 2017 517 ± 4.4% 41% 40% 19%


Candidates General Election - Nov. 7[28]
Candidate Party Votes Percent
Vi Lyles Democratic 71,876 59.13%
Kenny Smith Republican 49,555 40.77%


  1. ^ "Multi Year Election Schedule". Mecklenburg County Government. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  2. ^ Charlotte Observer: Vi Lyles stuns Roberts, faces Kenny Smith for Charlotte mayor
  3. ^ a b c Spanberg, Erik (November 30, 2016). "Thought election season was over in Charlotte? Mayor's race getting an early start". Charlotte Business Journal. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  4. ^ Boyd, Paul (February 3, 2017). "Councilman Smith leads way with most money in mayoral race". WSOC-TV. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  5. ^ Harrison, Steve (June 20, 2017). "In mayoral debate, Jennifer Roberts and Vi Lyles play nice". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
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  7. ^ Harrison, Steve (August 23, 2017). "LGBT groups make their picks for Charlotte mayor, council". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
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  16. ^ Morrill, Jim (May 22, 2017). "Black Political Caucus has endorsed a mayoral candidate. How will it shape the primary?". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
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  18. ^ Charlotte Post Editorial Board (August 31, 2017). "The Post endorses Vi Lyles in Democratic mayoral primary Experience and leadership earns support". The Charlotte Post. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  19. ^ Charlotte Observer Editorial Board (August 23, 2017). "Who we like in the Charlotte mayor's race, and why". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  20. ^ White, Herbert (June 20, 2017). "Poll: Mayor Roberts leads Lyles and Ford in Democratic campaign". The Charlotte Post. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  21. ^ a b NC State Board of Elections Sept. 12 Primary Results
  22. ^ a b NC State Board of Elections: Candidate filings
  23. ^ LinkedIn
  24. ^ Savransky, Rebecca (2017-09-06). "Candidate for Charlotte mayor puts 'white' among qualifications". TheHill. Retrieved 2017-09-07.
  25. ^ Harrison, Steve (March 9, 2017). "Kenny Smith formally announces mayoral bid with swipes at Mayor Roberts". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved March 24, 2017.
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