CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte’s Democratic mayor told Democratic Women Voters of Mecklenburg County Wednesday night why Charlotte should host the Republican National Convention in 2020.
Mayor Vi Lyles said the major event would show off Charlotte to the world and have an enormous economic impact for hospitality workers.
Reporter Joe Bruno independently confirmed with six council members on Thursday they will vote “yes” to bring the RNC to Charlotte. That is a majority of the votes needed for the council to approve the bid.
The vote could come as soon as Monday during a special council meeting.
Ultimately, the group rejected the idea of hosting Republicans in Charlotte.
“My job is to represent every citizen in this community,” Lyles told her supporters.
She said the convention would give Charlotte an opportunity to present itself and highlight its inclusiveness to the world.
Lyles said she has complete confidence in Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Kerr Putney on handling security for the potential protests in uptown.
“I believe in him and when he says we can manage this convention, I am not going to second-guess him,” Lyles said.
The mayor said the city's job is to just sign a contract and work with the host committee to ensure safety.
She said the city is not endorsing President Donald Trump by having the convention.
The Queen City is in the running for the RNC against Las Vegas.
"I completely understand the concerns expressed by the Democratic women. Even though I am a member of the same party, my governing decisions are made based upon a broader audience. The vote was close which tells me that they understand the need for a two-party system and the impact that a major party convention can have on our city."
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