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With Charlotte’s municipal primary coming up on Tuesday, Sept. 15, there’s still plenty of conversation — and contention — among some community members on just who LGBT voters should choose for mayor.

There’s a deep Democratic field running for their opportunity to advance to November’s general election. Two candidates, in particular, have stood out as the most friendly to the LGBT community and our issues.

Incumbent Mayor Dan Clodfelter was endorsed by the Mecklenburg LGBT Political Action Committee (MeckPAC). Jennifer Roberts and Clodfelter were both endorsed by Equality North Carolina. The divide in support has led to interesting conversations among community members and, as we near primary election day, it became increasingly important to hear directly from the community’s top two picks for mayor.

I had the opportunity for Q&As with both Clodfelter and Roberts. In both, we talk about what differentiates the candidates from each other, their views on March’s failed LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance and other issues.

Early voting is already under way and continues through Saturday at 1 p.m.. Polls will open Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. Click here for early vote information. Click here to check your voter registration. I’ll announce my own personal choices for local offices on Sunday.

You can find Clodfelter’s Q&A here     You can find Roberts’ Q&A here

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  1. Hmmmmmm…. “not that guy” – precisely. If you are Mayor, you need to be “that guy.” You need to be seen, you need to be visible as a leader out front. Young LGBTQ people depend on seeing a generational leader like you out there – talking, challenging bigots, building conversations with biz leaders, speaking out about discrimination at CPCC, for example (where were you?) – young LGBT leaders deserve that – that is what an ally does – they are “visible.” We don’t need a passive, behind the scenes Mayor – we need someone who engages publicly and role models visibly what allies can do actively for LGBT people. Politics has too many behind the scenes “good ole boy” networks.