Justin Harlow Won’t Seek Re-Election

Councilman, 30, says he can’t pass up ‘great business opportunity’


Justin Harlow, a first-term Democrat, announced Friday that he won’t seek a second term on the Charlotte City Council.

Logan Cyrus

First-term Charlotte City Councilman Justin Harlow, part of a wave of millennials who won seats on the board two years ago, announced Friday that he won’t seek re-election.

“I've got a great business opportunity that I've been working on for about 4-6 months now that's gonna set the family up financially for the long haul and at 30 years old I have to take It,” Harlow posted to his Facebook page Friday afternoon. “The energy and time required for it will take me away from council. Also with two kids at home now I've got to put in some more time in these early days.”

Harlow, a dentist who grew up in Atlanta, is a Democrat and the youngest council member. He represents District 2, which encompasses much of the northern part of the city, including Third and Fourth wards uptown, Wesley Heights, and much of the areas on either side of Interstate 77 north and N.C. 16 to the northwest.

He campaigned on a platform of extending opportunity to low-income and racial minority neighborhoods in his district and throughout Charlotte, and he has put some of his promises into practice on the council. For example, Harlow spearheaded the city’s Aging In Place program, a property tax relief fund to help seniors whose bills have risen because of revaluation stay in their homes.

Harlow also was one of five council members who last year voted against accepting the bid for the 2020 Republican National Convention. “This is not a case study. This is not an experiment,” he said during the discussion before the vote in July. “This is about people’s lives, their safety, and their sense of existence.”

Harlow’s decision means the 11-member council will have at least three new members after the November elections; longtime District 3 council member LaWana Mayfield has announced she’ll run for an at-large seat, and District 4’s Greg Phipps will not seek re-election. In his Facebook post Friday, Harlow said he plans to serve out the rest of his term. “More work to be done for now,” he wrote. “Term isn’t over until December.”

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

A Savior For the Excelsior Club?

The venerable but decaying Excelsior Club, a mainstay of Charlotte’s black community since 1944, is under contract with a buyer, says the real estate broker negotiating a potential sale.

Get to Know Ivo Sandrea, the Ballantyne Hotel’s New Executive Chef

The Ballantyne Hotel has hired Chef Ivo Sandrea to head up the resort’s food and beverage team. Sandrea will oversee the menu at Gallery, its signature restaurant.

Meet the Mint Hill Artist Who's Drawn Dennis the Menace for 25 Years

Marcus Hamilton’s comic strips have told the story of an ageless troublemaker

Reality Shows Filmed in Charlotte Spotlight Marriage

Get to know families behind To Have and to Hold Charlotte
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags


Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More >> Partner Content

Sign Up for our E-Newsletters

Stay in-the-know on restaurant openings, things to do, and all things Charlotte with our handy newsletters. SIGN UP HERE

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags