City now accepting applications for vacant At-large Charlotte City Council seat
Cory Burkarth
At-large Council Vacancy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 19, 2021) – Qualified Charlotte residents can now apply to be considered to serve out the remainder of the term for the vacant At-large Charlotte City Council seat. The application period closes at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Former City Council member James Mitchell, a Democrat, resigned from the at-large position on Jan. 11.

North Carolina state statutes allow for council vacancies to be filled through an appointment process. In cities, including Charlotte, whose elections are conducted on a partisan basis, the person appointed must be a member of the same political party as the person being replaced. The at-large vacancy must be filled by a registered Democrat.

Applicants must also be registered to vote, 21 years of age or older, reside within a Charlotte municipal district, and be qualified to vote in City Council elections. The appointed council member will serve out the remainder of the 2019-2021 council term ending Dec. 6.

The timeline for the appointment process is as follows:

  • Tuesday Jan. 19, 2021: Application process opens

  • Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021: Application period closes

  • Friday, Jan. 29, 2021: Public forum for applicants

  • Monday, Feb. 1, 2021: Council appointment announced

  • Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021: Swearing-in Unofficial Swearing-In and Orientation at 9:30 a.m.

  • Monday, Feb. 8, 2021: Formal swearing-in ceremony

Interested applicants can apply for the vacancy by completing the online application form, or submitting a completed application by email,, or fax at 704.336.7588. Applicants must answer each question to be considered for the vacancy.

Applicants can register to speak at the Jan. 29 public forum by completing the online speaker sign up form on the City Clerk's Office page.

For additional information about the process to fill the At-large Charlotte City Council seat vacancy, contact the City Clerk's Office at, or 704.336.2248.