By Spencer Feingold
The Democratic mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, Vi Lyles, says she has no concerns about hosting the 2020 Republican National Convention and plans to use the event to show off the best her city has to offer.
“It is an important opportunity for our city to be on the stage,” Lyles told Cheddar on Wednesday.
Lyles ー who is an African American politician with progressive policies ー says she hopes the city will not be judged by what is happening in the White House.
“That is not who we are,” Lyles said. “Charlotte as a city has values, and we are going to uphold our values.”
Charlotte, which has long been a purple city in an even more purple state, was selected by the Republicans to host the 2020 convention in July 2018. The city hosted the Democratic National Convention in 2012.
“We will do the Republican convention equally as well,” Lyles said.
In the 2016 presidential election, North Carolina voted for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, 49.8 percent to 46.2 percent. However, Mecklenburg county, which incorporates Charlotte, voted overwhelmingly for Clinton, who earned 62.3 percent of the votes. President Trump earned just 32.9 percent of votes.
In the most recent city election, Charlotte also went solidly blue. Democrats won every seat but one and in 2017, Lyles handily beat her Republican challenger in the mayoral race. “I think that shows a change in our community,” Lyles said.
The mayor will not speak at the GOP convention and instead plans to meet with visiting business leaders.
“My job is to build my city, and that is what I’ll be doing during the convention,” Lyles said.
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