ENDORSEMENT: Black Political Caucus

On May 21 we had another victory for our campaign, we received the endorsement of the Black Political Caucus.

I am humbled and thankful to everyone who came out, showed their support and had their voice heard. This vote of confidence and historic early endorsement by the BPC shows we are united, strong and ready for victory this fall. It also carries forward our tradition of advancing African American women to the forefront of politics throughout our city.

The BPC further adds to our momentum and local endorsements showing our campaign is Charlotte driven. Our grassroots movement is strong and shows the people of our city are ready to elect an experienced Mayor who is going to work for the betterment of our communities and a brighter future for all Charlotteans.


Press Release
For Immediate Release
Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Black Political Caucus held their endorsement vote Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Reeder Memorial Baptist Church, 3725 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC.

BPC members had several items to consider, the Thursday, May 18, 2017 BPC debate, the 2017 Mayoral BPC Matrix and each member’s own information and due diligence on each Mayoral candidate.

With the BPC endorsement process, Mayor Jennifer Roberts, received, 41.31% of the points available, Sen. Joel Ford received 64.54% of the points available and Vi Lyles received 78.63% of the points available.

Each candidate was graded on items contained in the 2017 BPC Matrix and graded on a scale of 1-5 points.

“I am humbled by the BPC vote of confidence and endorsement of my campaign for Mayor. This historic early endorsement by the BPC shows that we are united, strong and ready for victory this fall.” Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles

The BPC started the endorsement process earlier to give their endorsed BPC candidate more time to maximize the BPC endorsement for greater effectiveness.

“Many African-American voters look to the Black Political Caucus for guidance when voting for a candidate. We are counting on a longer window of time to educate the public about who we endorsed,  so we may use it as a tool to push voters out to the polls and vote for our selection choice.”

Colette Forrest BPC Chair

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