Mayor Vi Lyles: RNC is likely coming to Charlotte

- Democratic Mayor Vi Lyles thinks the Republican National Convention would be good for Charlotte.

The official announcement from GOP Convention officials is expected to happen next week, but the mayor said the event its likely coming to the Queen City in 2020.

She talked about why she supports the convention during a meeting at the Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County on Wednesday night.

Not only does she think it will bring millions of dollars into the city, she also thinks it’s the right thing to do for local registered Republicans despite the city’s heavy democratic makeup.

“My job is to represent every citizen in this community,” she said.

Many in the crowd took issue with the city’s willingness to host the event.

“I most often agree with our mayor I just don’t agree with her in this instance,” said Yvette Townsend Ingram, a member of the organization hosting the event. “It has nothing to do with the fact that it’s a Republican convention it has to do with the fact that the Republicans no longer represent what the traditional Republican party used to represent.”

The city council will have a public session to talk about the RNC coming to Charlotte on Monday. Some members have already expressed concerns on if the city should welcome it.

Lyles said the idea of hosting the convention was first presented to her months back. She ran it by council members who, for the most part, did not object submitting a bid for the event.

Critics feel the public’s input should’ve been asked early on in the process.

“It’s likely here now, so we need to look at this as an opportunity to push people to go out and vote,” Ingram said.

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