Mayor BurchCarrie Burch defeated Kevin Weissenborn and Brad Johnston to become the next mayor of the City of Charlotte. Burch, who will be sworn into office Nov. 12, received 44 percent of the vote Tuesday, Nov. 5, edging Weissenborn, who received 38 percent of the vote. Johnston received 18 percent.

“I’m just overwhelmed by the support of the community and the citizens,” Burch said. “I have to say thank you to Brad and Kevin who both ran great races. I also have to wish Mayor Dee Smith the best in his retirement and thank him for his great service.”

Burch is the manager at Carl V. Reck Jewelers in Charlotte. She was also recently a member of the planning commission and the City of Charlotte zoning board of appeals. Both terms ended with her election as mayor.

She will be sworn in prior to the Tuesday, Nov. 12 city council meeting along with new council members, Scott Cuttle, Yvonne Ridge and returning councilman at large, Corey Sanders.

Burch said she is excited for the opportunity to work with the city council.

“I’m looking forward to creating positive atmosphere with city council, being more accessible to the community and involving the community more directly in decisions,” Burch said. “I want to help facilitate their involvement, be a positive cheerleader in the community.”