By Brad Broders
Courtesy of Charlotte Magazine

Yes, LaWana Mayfield is the first openly gay person to serve on Charlotte City Council—and only the second African American female—but she’d rather you focus on the challenges, and potential, of the city’s west side

It’s barely eight o’clock on a bright morning in late June, and first-term Charlotte City Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield is facing about twenty of her constituents—and their questions—head on. At the breakfast forum, held at a rec center in west Charlotte, several senior citizens approach Mayfield. Some give her a hug. Others express concern. “What is next, what is the plan?” one asks.

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