Charlotte’s First African American Woman Mayor Champions Narrow Vote to Host RNC in 2020
The City Council in Charlotte, NC narrowly voted Monday night to accept a bid to host the Republican National Convention in 2020. The city was sharply divided with Democratic Mayor Vi Lyles, the first African American woman to lead the city, being a champion of the city’s convention bid. She insisted that “hosting the RNC is not an endorsement of the administration,” and argued that holding the gathering in Charlotte would offer “an opportunity to share the values that this city believes in -- through peaceful protest.” She also said it was the most difficult decision of her career. After the meeting, she reaffirmed her earlier position that she would not give a welcoming address. It’s common practice for a host city mayor to welcome delegates, even of the opposing party. Las Vegas, the only other location officially still in the running to host the RNC, doesn’t have the backing of the city or tourism officials there for its bid. The Republican Party has not yet voted to award the 2020 Convention to Charlotte, but it may do so this week during a meeting in Austin, TX. It’s likely that eight years after Democrats gathered in the city of about 860,000 to nominate President Barack Obama for a second term, the GOP will gather to nominate Donald Trump (we assume Donald Trump). More here.