In odd-numbered years, North Carolina holds municipal elections. In a municipal election, voters go to the polls to elect a mayor and other city officials. As of 2015, the state's largest city, Charlotte, has eight candidates running in the mayoral election, including six Democrats and two Republicans. Among the Republican candidates is former city councilman Edwin Peacock, while those vying for the Democratic nomination include mayor Dan Clodfelter and city councilman and mayor pro tempore Michael Barnes.Continue Reading
Raleigh, Durham and Greensboro, the three largest cities in the state other than Charlotte, also hold municipal elections in odd-numbered years. In Raleigh, the incumbent Nancy McFarlane, an independent first elected in 2013 with the endorsement of local Democrats, faces a challenge from Robert Weltzin. In Durham, three challengers run against incumbent Democratic mayor Dan Bell, including John Henry Everett and Tammy Lightfoot. Incumbent Greensboro mayor Nancy Vaughn faces a challenge from a local police officer, Sal Leone.
Information about candidates that have filed to run for office in other cities or for other offices aside from the mayor, including city council or school board, is available on the website of the board of elections in the applicable county. Information for each county board of election is accessible online at NCSBE.gov.Learn more about Elections