Roberts and Clodfelter to face-off in Mayoral runoff election

- The battle over the democratic nomination for Charlotte mayor is not over yet. The top two candidates continue their face-off in a runoff election in just three weeks.

In Tuesday’s primary, former Mecklenburg County Commission Chairwoman Jennifer Roberts came in 10 percentage points higher than her fellow democrat and current Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter.

Now the question is how does each of them plan to secure that October vote? We take a look at how the two candidates are alike and what sets them apart.

"Residents in this community know me. They've seen my work. They know how I advocated for the community on the county commission," said Jennifer Roberts.

 "We're going to be doing a lot of work to educate people about the record I have of tangible delivering of concrete results to execute on policies," said Dan Clodfelter.

One thing Roberts and Clodfelter have in common is their push to desegregate our schools system.

"I was the first candidate to speak out very publicly and openly about the consequences that we're experiencing in our community from the re-segregation of our public schools," said Clodfelter.

"Making sure every student has a strong school and a great teacher. Part of what the city can help with is making sure every student has access to a quality after school program," said Roberts.

But this is where their game plans diverge. Roberts talks about better opportunities for women and minorities. Clodfelter pushes better transit.

"When we talk about transit funding, we've got to talk about the mechanism by which we're going to be able to build out our long range transit vision. It's not a matter of a simple sentence or two, but about the nitty gritty of hard work of coming up with financing solutions that will get the job done," said Clodfelter.

"I talked to a lot of folks who relate to the fact that I've been a businesswoman, that I understood the challenges that women owned businesses and small minority owned businesses face when they're trying to get equal access to opportunity in contracting," said Roberts.

The biggest challenge facing both candidates will be getting people out to the polls for the runoff election on October 6th. In the primary, less than 10 percent of registered voters went to cast their ballots.

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