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May 18, 2022

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🎂 Happy birthday to Axios Charlotte members Elizabeth Gloster, Spencer Guthery, Jeff Lak, Sarah Shifflet and Sandra Singer.

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1 big thing: Braxton Winston sees most votes in Dem Council primary

Activist stands in front of line of police, shirtless and holding his fist in the air.
Braxton Winston during 2016 protests after the killing of Keith Lamont Scott. Photo: Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Six years ago, Braxton Winston stood in a photo with his fist raised in the air in front of a line of officers to protest police brutality, Axios' Danielle Chemtob writes.

  • Yesterday, he received the most votes in the Democratic primary for Charlotte City Council at-large.

Zoom out: Winston, Dimple Ajmera, LaWana Mayfield and James "Smuggie" Mitchell advanced from the Democratic primary for Charlotte City Council at-large — among the most-watched and most expensive elections in the city and county.

  • On the GOP side, four of the five primary candidates moved forward to the general: David Merrill, Charlie Mulligan, Carrie Olinski and Kyle Luebke.

Why it matters: Local government makes the most direct impact on our day-to-day lives.

  • City Council decides things like major developments, incentives for companies looking to relocate, police funding, affordable housing, transportation, infrastructure and more.

What's next: Voters will choose four council members in the general election on July 26.

Full story: Braxton Winston brings home most votes in Democratic City Council primary

2. Beasley vs. Budd

Photo of Cheri Beasley next to photo of Ted Budd
Cheri Beasley and Ted Budd. Photos courtesy of candidates

It didn't take long for the Associated Press to call the wins for last night's U.S. Senate race.

  • Republican Rep. Ted Budd will face Democrat Cheri Beasley in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Why it matters: The race to replace retiring Sen. Richard Burr (R) is one of the most closely watched in the country and could determine control of the chamber.

  • Plus: If Beasley beats Budd in the general, she'll make history by becoming North Carolina's first Black U.S. senator.

Of note: Budd's win is a victory for former President Trump — who endorsed him — Axios' Lucille Sherman reports.

Cool jobs around town

💼 Fresh openings from our Job Board.

  1. Newscaster at WFAE.
  2. Account executive at Swag Bar.
  3. Senior PR specialist (public info specialist senior) at City of Charlotte.
  4. Marketing communications account executive at Central Piedmont Community College.
  5. Accounts payable specialist at SAF Technologies.
  6. Brand creation specialist at Brandsymbol.
  7. Executive director at Carolina Raptor Center.
  8. Brokerage coordinator at Cushman and Wakefield.

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3. Most likely to...

Sign in front of a house that says "elect anyone but Larken"
Sauciest signage goes to this one spotted in NoDa. Photo: Michael Graff/Axios

Election night is always eventful, and here are yesterday's highlights in the form of superlatives:

🏃🏻‍♂️💨 Quickest exit: Pat McCrory

  • AP called the race at 7:47pm — just 17 minutes after polls closed.

😳 Most likely to speak too soon: Madison Cawthorn

  • Shortly before losing his re-election bid, Cawthorn held a press conference and said he would win. Less than an hour later he conceded to Chuck Edwards.

👀 Most interesting newcomer: Stephanie Hand

  • The clergy member, who has the support of influential South Charlotte residents, cruised to victory in the District Six primary. She could give incumbent Republican Tariq Bokhari a stiff challenge in the general.

🪧 Most consistent: Pat Cotham

  • Cotham, who was the top vote-getter in the at-large county commissioners race, now has finished first or second in that election every primary since 2012. (The top three move on to the general each year.)

More results: A quick exit and 26 other election night results

4. First look: People's Market returns

Inside a coffee shop, therer are yellow stools lined up around the counter space and a mural in the back that reads "we the people."
Photo: Emma Way/Axios

People's Market is making a comeback this summer and Axios' Emma Way got a first look inside.

Why it matters: The original closed in 2020 because of the pandemic and owner Cory Duran says "we let the people down."

  • The Charlotte native was determined to bring back the "magic" of People's Market since the day it closed.

Details: The all-day café and community hub will relaunch in the former Earl's Grocery on Elizabeth Avenue, and Duran is aiming for a June opening.

  • The menu will include artisan sandwiches, pizza, burgers, pastries and plenty of vegan options.
  • It'll be open from 7am-9pm daily, but will close a little earlier Sundays.
  • 📍1609 Elizabeth Ave., near the Visulite Theatre and Viva Chicken.

First look: Inside the fresh People's Market, opening soon in Elizabeth

5. Happy home hunting 🏙

Brick, five-story apartment building with a "now leasing" banner on the side.
30Six NoDa apartments. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Looking for your next apartment?

Axios' Alexis Clinton rounded up the 50 best apartment communities in Charlotte’s hottest neighborhoods.

  • I'm talking saltwater pools, built-in baristas, spas, golf simulators— you know, the stuff you absolutely cannot live without. 😉

Full guide: 50 best apartments in Charlotte, sorted by neighborhood

6. Speaking of apartments... 🏗

Construction site with 10 shovels lined up stuck in the sand and 10 hard hats stacked on top. There's a crane in the background and behind that is the Charlotte skyline.
Radius Dilworth groundbreaking. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

What will be Dilworth's tallest building is officially underway.

What's happening: Radius Dilworth is a two-building project — one 26 stories high called "The Overlook," the other will be eight stories, dubbed "The Enclave."

Details: The buildings will have 626 apartments, ranging from studio to three-bedroom units and 5,000 square feet of retail space.

Full story: Dilworth's tallest building breaks ground

Coming to a roof near you

Photo credit: Joan Marcus/Blumenthal Performing Arts
Photo: Joan Marcus/Blumenthal Performing Arts

Broadway musical “Fiddler on the Roof” is coming to Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center May 31 – June 5.

7. Rendering du jour and other speed reads

rendering of a street corner in Ballantyne which will now have green space and more buildings and shops
The Bowl at Ballantyne. Rendering courtesy of Northwood Investors

👀 The developers behind "The Bowl at Ballantyne" released new renderings of what the walkable, mixed-use center will look like when it opens next year. (Axios)

⚽️ Chelsea, the English Soccer team, is coming back to town this summer to play against Charlotte FC for the first time. Tickets will go on sale next week. (Charlotte FC)

🏈 CMS announced new guidelines for students to become and remain eligible to participate in school athletics. (WBTV)

👑 Charlotte is one of the top 30 best places to live in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report. (WCNC)

8. 🍕 One election night tradition to go

Big pizza pie with a green topping and mozzarella cheese.
The pistachio pizza from Inizio. Photo: Danielle Chemtob/Axios

For journalists, election night is one of the biggest nights of the season— like the Met Gala in fashion, but without the fancy costumes.

Context: Often, Election Day includes 12+ hours of work, not including the previous prep work.

  • It's tradition for the staffs at news stations and publications to splurge on a little pizza party to thank everyone for their hard work.

The bottom line: Ask any journalist, and they'll probably tell you the best part of election night is the pie.

  • Last night, Danielle had Inizio, and I had Bisonte's.
  • Oh! And if you want to support local journalism, consider donating and becoming an Axios member.

Events to fill your calendar

🗓 Stay booked and busy, CLT

  • Big Tent Sale at Cotswold Marketplace this Friday and Saturday: Expect huge clearance on furniture, home decor, art, lighting, rugs, and much more at this one-weekend-only event. Enjoy tent clearance and storewide markdowns. 80+ vendors, merchants, & artists are represented. Don't miss this 12th annual event. Free.
  • Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward at Historic Fourth Ward this Saturday and Sunday: Enjoy this walkable, self-guided, urban garden and lifestyle tour of Historic Fourth Ward that showcases a variety of beautiful private gardens and courtyards. Enjoy food, beer and cocktail tastings at gardens and restaurants along the way. $30-$40. 
  • Kingdom Arts Fuzion at Amity Presbyterian Church on Saturday: Kingdom Arts Fuzion is a community arts event, a vision that bridges the gap with creatives and the church to bring understanding and express God's Heart through all art forms. They will have workshops for writers, dancers, singers, rappers, musicians, painters, comedians, flaggers, actors, theater, and more. $35. 

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