Patrick Cannon, left; Edwin Peacock, right.
Patrick Cannon, left; Edwin Peacock, right.

Come November, voters in Charlotte will head to the polls and choose their next mayor. For the first time since 2009, no incumbent mayor is on the ballot. Citizens will choose between Democrat Patrick Cannon, 47, who currently serves as Mayor Pro Tempore and an at-large member on Charlotte City Council, and Republican Edwin Peacock III, 43, a former at-large council member who served two terms from 2007 through 2011 and ran last year for the Republican nomination in the Ninth Congressional District.

Both candidates have long records of public service. For LGBT citizens, Cannon and Peacock represent two of the most vetted candidates to ever appear on the mayoral ballot. Both have received past endorsements from the Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee (MeckPAC) for their LGBT-friendly stances, though neither received MeckPAC’s nod in mayoral primary races in September. Peacock was endorsed by qnotes in 2011.

qnotes sat down with both candidates for an in-depth Q&A on a variety of topics, including LGBT non-discrimination efforts, economic development issues, community and neighborhood issues and more. A portion of those sit-down interviews were published in our Oct. 11 print edition. The full interviews appear here online.

Read Patrick Cannon’s interview.
Read Edwin Peacock’s interview.

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Meet the Candidates

patrickcannonPatrick Cannon

Party: Democratic
Age: 47
First elected: 1993, City Council District 3
Currently: Mayor Pro Tem, City Council At-Large
Education: North Carolina A&T State University, Communications with a minor in Business/Marketing.
Work: CEO, E-Z Parking

edwinpeacockEdwin Peacock III

Party: Republican
Age: 43
First elected: 2007, City Council At-Large
Currently: No elected office; Blumenthal Performing Arts Trustee (2011-Present)
Education: University of Georgia, Political Science and a Certificate in Global Studies
Work: Vice President, The Pomfret Financial Company

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.