Justin Harlow
Justin Harlow

Edging out his opponent by a mere 16 votes, Justin Harlow has been certified the winner of the District 2 Democratic primary for Charlotte City Council… but it’s not over just yet.

With a total vote count of 2,362, he bested second-place finisher J’Tanya Adams, who has requested a recount. If his victory holds, Harlow would face Republican Pete Givens, who ran unopposed. (District 2 encompasses a broad swath of northwest Charlotte that includes several historically black communities along the Beatties Ford Road corridor.)

The Mecklenburg Board of Elections certified the count on Monday after tallying provisional ballots. Harlow won 4 provisional votes to Adams’ 1, securing the narrow margin he had after election night.

The recount is schedule for Friday at 1 p.m.


Harlow, a Charlotte dentist, issued a statement Monday expressing his “respect” for Adams, a community activists, and the campaign she ran.

“She is my neighbor and community partner, and a committed advocate for our west side and NW Corridor,” the statement read. “I look forward to working with her and her supporters to continue the tireless effort to make sure the preservation of our historic neighborhoods are a priority for city planners and that we have strategic and intentional growth along our corridors.”

Founder and publisher of Qcitymetro, Glenn has worked at newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal and The Charlotte Observer.