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Charlotte City Council approves process to fill District 2 vacancy, receives Community Letter update

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 5, 2017) – Charlotte City Council moved to adopt the recommended process to fill the upcoming District 2 seat vacancy. The seat is currently held by Councilman Al Austin, who was appointed as the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Outreach Director for the State of North Carolina's Department of Transportation. Austin, a Democrat, will resign his seat effective July 16.

The application process to fill the vacancy begins June 7. All interested candidates must submit an application to the City Clerk's Office by June 21.

State statutes require the vacancy be filled by City Council appointment. The appointed individual must be of the same political party as the person being replaced, 20 years of age or older, and a resident of and registered to vote in District 2.

As a part of its June 26 business meeting, Council will hold a forum to receive comments from qualified applicants. Council will vote to fill the vacancy at the July 24 business meeting. The person appointed to fill the vacancy will be sworn in by the Mayor and City Clerk on July 25. A formal swearing-in ceremony will be held on Aug. 28, where the new Council member will join the full Council at the dais for its scheduled business meeting.

Other council items

Charlotte City Council received updates on work related to the Community Letter adopted by Council following the Charlotte demonstrations to address the city's challenging issues.

Staff shared information related to the ongoing initiative to engage more than 10,000 residents in one-on-one conversations by fall 2017. Through the conversations, the city hopes to:

  • Understand what the items outlined in the Community Letter mean to residents, how they touch them personally and what other ideas the public have to make Charlotte a better place for all.
  • Share information about the city's work, progress toward goals and involvement opportunities.
  • Put a face and a voice to city government and civic leadership.

Through the 311 Call Center, city volunteers of the Take10CLT initiative and members of the Civic Leadership Academy have facilitated more than 3,400 conversations to date.​


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