Tryon councilwoman eyes North Carolina governor seat

Published 12:37 pm Thursday, December 7, 2023

Tryon Mayor Pro Tempore Chrelle Booker filed on Monday


TRYON—A local councilwoman recently filed to run for governor of North Carolina in 2024. 

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Chrelle Booker, mayor pro tempore of Tryon since 2019, filed the necessary paperwork to run in the Democratic primary on Monday, December 4. The primary will be held on March 5, 2024.

“I believe in government for and by the people,” Booker said on Monday. 

Booker, who also works in broadcasting and real estate, ran for U.S. Senate in 2022 in the Democratic primary. Earlier this year, Booker was invited to the first-ever Cities Summit of the Americas in Denver by the U.S. State Department, an international planning meeting that was attended by representatives from 35 different countries in North and South America.

“As a leader, I am proactive. That means let’s get all the problems that have been plaguing North Carolinians written out in plain sight, and let’s truly conquer them one by one,” she said.

Booker is a former president of Women in Municipal Government, a caucus within the National League of Cities that serves as a forum for communication and networking.  

Eight others have filed to run for governor of North Carolina so far, including Dale Folwell, Bill Graham, Mark Robinson and Andy Wells of the Republican Party, Michael Morgan and Josh Stein of the Democratic Party and Shannon Bray and Mike Ross of the Libertarian Party. The deadline to file is Friday, December 15.

Whoever wins on Election Day on November 5, 2024, will replace Governor Roy Cooper. Elected in 2017, Cooper has served two terms as the 75th governor of the state.