|Party||In Office Since||Term Ends|
|Level of Government|
|Date of Birth||Birthplace||Now Lives In|
|January 14, 1943||Charleston, SC||Charlotte, NC|
Harvey Gantt tried twice to beat U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms. The first black student at Clemson University, he became an architect in Charlotte and served on the city council from 1974 to 1983. He became the city's first black mayor in 1983, serving two terms until 1987. He ran unsuccessfully against Helms in 1990 and 1996.
Gantt's daughter, Sonja Gantt, is a television news anchor in Charlotte.
Sonja Gantt, Erika Gantt Lumsden, Angela, and Adam
Harvey Bernard Gantt is the former mayor of Charlotte and a two-time Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.
Early life and education
Harvey Gantt was born to Wilhelmenia Gantt and Christopher Columbus Gantt, a shipyard worker, in 1943 in Charleston, S.C.
As a teenager, Gantt took part in lunch counter sit-ins and graduated from the all-black Burke High School.
Gantt was Clemson University's first black student. Clemson's second black student, Lucinda Brawley, married him in 1964.
He graduated with honors from Clemson in 1965 with a bachelor of architecture degree.
In 1970, he earned a master's degree in city planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
After graduating from Clemson, Gantt worked at Odell Associates in Charlotte.
In 1971, he returned to Charlotte and co-founded the award-winning firm Gantt Huberman Architects with Jeff Huberman.
Gantt served on the Charlotte City council from 1974 to 1979 and was the mayor pro-tem from 1981 to 1983.
In 1983, he was elected Charlotte's first black mayor, and won re-election in 1985, serving till 1987. He was ousted by Sue Myrick, now a U.S. representative.
Gantt lost the race, receiving only 47 percent of the vote, though he gained favor among some national Democrats for the attempt. Gantt ran against Helms again in 1996, this time receiving about 46 percent of the vote.
In the 1990 race, Helms ran an ad, known as "White Hands," which claimed Gantt supported racial quotas. Gantt has blamed the ad, which received national attention, for his loss.
Some have also blamed the losses on the so-called "Queen City Curse" which has befallen every Charlotte officeholder since 1979 who has run for statewide office.
Helms refused to debate Gantt in both campaigns.
Gantt Huberman Architects
Iowa State University
|Bachelor of Architecture
|Masters in city planning
Massachusetts Instituate of Technology