Public Hearing Ends In 6-5 Vote To Accept Contracts For 2020 RNC

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The Charlotte City Council has voted 6-5 in favor of approving contracts to host the 2020 Republican National Convention should the selection committee approve the bid.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Monday you will have a chance to weigh in on whether Charlotte should host the 2020 Republican National Convention. More than 120 people are signed up to speak at a public hearing.

“It’s not a convention like any other because Donald Trump is not a president like any other,” says WCCB Charlotte Political Contributor Mary C. Curtis.

After hearing from the public, council will take a vote whether to approve the contracts needed if Charlotte wins the bid.

“Right now, it looks like the council has enough votes to approve it, but you don’t know until they take that vote,” Curtis says.

In the past few days, some council members have expressed concerns about protests and potential harm a convention could do to the city’s reputation.

“Particularly when you see things that have happened in Charlottesville, and other places, there’s a real sense that they don’t want those kinds of images to be coming out of a convention where we want things to be peaceful,” Curtis says.

But supporters say the economic benefits outweigh all those risks – money going to hotels, restaurants, and potentially boosting the city’s image.

“If things go off smoothly, as they did for the Democratic National Convention in 2012, that will raise the status of the city,” Curtis says.

The RNC could announce it’s decision this week. Las Vegas is the only other city in the running.

“You see a lot of cities that initially expressed interest pull back because they looked at everything that would benefit and said you know we’re gonna pass this time on this particular president and this particular convention,” Curtis says.