Now that Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx isn't seeking re-election, some politicians are already saying they're considering a run. They can start filing for the mayor's race July 5, which is three months from Friday.
On the Democratic side, State Sen. Malcolm Graham said he's seriously considering the job.
"We're going to talk with some family and friends and key supporters to see if this is something we should do, but I'm very interested in studying the option," Graham said.
He thinks he could face at least one City Council member, maybe Patrick Cannon, Michael Barnes or James Mitchell Jr. Mitchell has been on council consecutively the longest, since 1999. He said he's "exploring our options."
Former Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jennifer Roberts, a respected consensus builder, fresh off her loss for Congress, said she's not ruling it out but is leaning toward spending time with family instead.
"I haven't totally made a decision yet, but I think I'm really going to focus right now on some of the things that are going on with my family life," Roberts said.
Candidates will get a late start campaigning and fundraising, which political expert Michael Bitzer said gives current politicians an advantage.
"People with the infrastructure, with the name recognition and with the financial resources are going to be the ones who are going to be able to hit the ground running," Bitzer said.
Some think GOP candidates could include former City Council member Edwin Peacock III or outgoing Council member Andy Dulin.
On Friday, Peacock, 43, announced his plans to run for mayor.
"My family and I are excited about this opportunity. We have many important issues before us that will shape our city's future for decades. I'm eager to serve our community," Peacock stated.
Foxx's first mayoral opponent, John Lassiter, was very visible during Pat McCrory's run for governor.
He emailed WSOC, "Elected office is not on my radar." Foxx's second opponent, Scott Stone, said he still wants to serve and is considering a run.