Charlotte mayor announces bid for third term

CHARLOTTE — Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles announced in a video on Thanksgiving that she will be seeking re-election in 2022.

Lyles, a Democrat, will contend for her third term as mayor. She was first elected to the role in 2017 with 58% of the vote and was re-elected in 2019 with 77% of the vote.

She is Charlotte’s first Black female mayor.

“I’m so proud of our community for all of the good works that we’re doing. Jobs and housing and so much more,” Lyles said in an announcement video featuring her three granddaughters. “I ask for your support. I’m going to run for re-election in 2022.”

Prior to being elected mayor, Lyles served two terms on the Charlotte City Council.

The Charlotte elections were delayed in 2021 due to a late release of data from the US Census Bureau. The city needed that information to redraw districts.

The 2022 election will be for a one-year term.

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