Charlotte, North Carolina is mourning the sudden passing of Joel Odom, the 22-year-old who ran in the 2019 Democratic primary against Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. He was found dead in his home on Thursday (February 25) and his family is now speaking out.
His great-grandmother Vera Williams told WSOC-TV, “He wanted to do whatever he could do for everybody.” As for not winning the mayoral election, Williams, who raised Odom when his mom passed away, believed he would have eventually been successful, “He wasn’t going to quit this at all. He was going to try until he got it.”
She also added, “I thought he was going to make it.”
Ex mayoral candidate Lucille Puckett also said, “He was an old soul.”
When Puckett learned he passed away, she said. “My heart stopped beating for a moment,” she said.
Odom, who entered the mayoral race at 20, was the youngest candidate in ……
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