Friday, June 14, 2024

LaWana Mayfield on track to become first LGBTQ person elected citywide in Charlotte

LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed candidate LaWana Mayfield has succeeded in the primary election for Charlotte City Council.

With this victory, she is now on track to become the first out LGBTQ person ever elected citywide in Charlotte, North Carolina. There are currently just six Black out lesbians serving on city councils nationwide, none of whom serve in the South.

Victory Fund named Mayfield a Spotlight candidate, a designation given to state or local candidates in history-making races, that comes with additional support and services from LGBTQ Victory Fund to ensure they win on Election Day. In the final days before today’s election, Victory Fund provided on the ground campaign support and assisted in get out the vote efforts.

Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, issued the following statement about her win:

“LaWana shattered this lavender ceiling because she has always shown up and delivered for her community. Her neighbors and constituents not only trust her, but they are excited and inspired by her vision for Charlotte. We are confident her commitment to affordable housing, economic fairness and justice will not only prove successful in November, but will be the backbone of her future success on the council. At a time when LGBTQ people and people of color are under attack in legislatures across the South, LaWana’s victory demonstrates that voters are ready to elect people who will fight back.”

More information about all of Victory Fund’s endorsed candidates is available at

LGBTQ Victory Fund

LGBTQ Victory Fund works to achieve and sustain equality by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials at all levels of government while ensuring they reflect the diversity of those they serve. Since 1991, Victory Fund has helped thousands of openly LGBTQ candidates win local, state and federal elections.

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