Charlotte City Council candidate John Autry was already up and going by 7:30 a.m. today. The Democratic candidate for District 5 had stopped in at Precinct 124 an hour earlier and was handing out information about himself and his fellow Democrats seeking at-large seats on the City Council.
At precincts across the city, people are turning out today for several important races including the mayoral race, in which voters will either reelect Mayor Anthony Foxx or replace him with Republican challenger Scott Stone. In District 5, Autry faces Republican tea party candidate Dennis Peterson for outgoing council member Nancy Carter's seat. By 7:30, 56 people had cast votes.
Autry got to the polling place early and said the turnout, coupled with the year of campaigning he's done, made him feel optimistic about his chances of winning. "It's been very steady and encouraging to see the flow of people coming in," he said.
Across the street, at Precinct 95, voter Arthur Newton said he moved back to Charlotte three months ago from Las Vegas, and wanted to get in on the vote today to help re-elect Foxx.
But the more important issue to Newton was the school board race.
"The quality of education here is not up to par," he said. "Our kids are being victimized again and we have to find a way to get our kids a quality education."
Stay tuned to the CLog. We'll be following the elections all day.