• Clodfelter to officially file for runoff for Charlotte mayor

    By: Jenna Deery

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter will officially file for a runoff election in the Democratic primary for the city’s mayoral seat.

    "I am honored by the tremendous support for my candidacy, and the vote of confidence from so many Charlotte voters,” Clodfelter said in a statement. “The strong momentum that put us over the finish line on Tuesday has intensified in the past few days, with many new volunteers and supporters jumping on board our campaign. We are well poised to win this race on Oct. 6."

    Clodfelter and his wife, Elizabeth Bevan, will be at the Mecklenburg County Board of Election at 3 p.m. Tuesday to present his official filing letter.

    Charlotte voters have picked the Republican nominee, Edwin Peacock, but two Democrats will have to battle again to determine who will represent their party in the race.

    Jennifer Roberts received the most votes in Tuesday night's primary among the Democrats, but it wasn't enough for her to avoid a runoff. 

    She needed 40 percent of the vote, but she ended the night with 36 percent. The current mayor, Clodfelter, trailed her with 26 percent. Roberts said she's not bothered about another race.

    "What I'm doing is continuing to talk to voters, and I would be doing that whether it was a runoff or a general," Roberts said.

    The two will face off on Oct. 6, giving the winner of the runoff a little less than a month to go head-to-head with Peacock on Nov. 3.

    Clodfelter said he viewed himself as an underdog heading into Tuesday's primary, admitting that he might not have as much name recognition as Roberts. He said and some of their policy views might be the same, but  their records set them apart.

    "There comes a point where you've got to take words and policy and you've got to translate them into concrete action, and that's what I've done for 30 years," Clodfelter said.

    Peacock ran for mayor in 2013, but lost to Patrick Cannon, who lost the office after he was charged with taking cash bribes four months after being elected.

    Peacock believes that his mistake last time was leaving out agnostic voters.

    "We did not focus enough on low propensity voters," Peacock said. "Last year woke them up that leadership matters at the local level."

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