- Associated Press - Thursday, March 2, 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina state senator says he’s running for mayor of Charlotte this fall, hoping to unseat incumbent Jennifer Roberts.

Third-term Democratic Sen. Joel Ford announced his campaign in a video this week. He says he wants to focus on issues that unite the state’s largest city, rather than divide it.

Roberts‘ tenure has been marked by a tumultuous fight with the legislature over a nondiscrimination ordinance the Charlotte City Council approved last year. The General Assembly canceled that ordinance with passage of House Bill 2.

Ford says he also wants to promote economic opportunity for all as mayor.

Mayor Pro Tempore Vi Lyles announced last month she’s also running for mayor. Lyles, Roberts and Ford would all compete in the Democratic Party primary.

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