The Political Beat: Candidates vie for Charlotte City Council’s only open seat

In-person voting has begun and on The Political Beat, we’re focusing on the city of Charlotte’s only open seat with a primary challenge: District 3.

Stretching from South End to Steele Creek, this area includes much of west Charlotte.

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Incumbent representative Victoria Watlington is running at large and is joined by Tiawana Brown, Melinda Lilly, and Warren Turner who are also running for the seat.

“And I’m going to give back. I’m going to rewrite the story, I’m going to change the narrative,” Brown said.

“And I think right now we’re in a really critical moment for the city and just for residents, in general, figuring out what normal looks like after coming out of a pandemic or with a changing political climate,” Lilly said.

Turner declined to be interviewed by Channel 9.

>>> In the video at the top of this story see highlights of the race filled with growth, goals, and past controversies.

(WATCH BELOW: PART 1 -- The Political Beat with Channel 9′s Joe Bruno (August 20, 2023))