The LGBT activist Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts was soundly voted out of office by a 10% margin in the Democratic primary yesterday.
She was defeated by Vi Lyles, the former budget director and assistant city manager. She faces Republican Kenny Smith in November. Given the roughly 2:1 Democratic majority inside the city, it is very likely Vi will win the general election.
The job of Mayor is a part-time job that pays a minimal salary. Perhaps it is time to realize that Charlotte has grown into a big city and needs a substantial leader rather than a fringe activist like Roberts.
Unlike the HB2 debacle that Roberts triggered, there is no national coverage of her defeat. Her fight over HB2 and her inattention to the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and the resulting “riot” sealed her fate.