|Cannon’s in for mayoral run|
|Mayor pro tem announces bid, social media|
|Published Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:46 pm|
Patrick Cannon made official the mayoral run most of Charlotte long expected.
Cannon, Charlotte’s mayor pro tem, formally announced his intentions on May 21 at a lunchtime press conference at Elizabeth Park in east Charlotte. He’s campaigning to succeed Anthony Foxx, who was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next U.S. transportation secretary.
“I’m running for Mayor of Charlotte with only one agenda, to move Charlotte forward,” Cannon said. “I’ll do that by continuing to tackle the tough issues and, as my record illustrates, making things happen.”
Cannon is the only Democrat who has announced a campaign for the city’s highest elected office, although state lawmakers Sen. Dan Clodfelter and Rep. Becky Carney are considering a run as is City Council member David Howard.
Former Council member Edwin Peacock III is the lone Republican to have officially announced a campaign.
Cannon said his campaign platform will focus on:
•Economic development, particularly job creation and business retention
•Public safety and reducing crime
• Developing a comprehensive transportation plan
• Affordable housing for working-class and low-income families.
Cannon has served on the Charlotte City Council since 1993 when he won the District 3 seat and was re-elected to three more two-year terms. He left City Council briefly to focus on entrepreneurship, starting E-Z- Parking, which he still owns, then returned to politics and won an at-large seat in 2001 and was elected mayor pro tem as the top vote-getter. He’s been re-elected four times.
A Charlotte native who graduated South Mecklenburg High and N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro, Cannon pointed out his home-grown roots as the son of a single mother and grew up in public housing as a reason for serving.
“Born, raised and passionate about Charlotte, I have had the privilege of serving the city I love as an elected official for almost half my life,” Cannon said. “As mayor, I will continue to be a champion of the people, giving a voice to every citizen, from every neighborhood, throughout the city.”
Cannon announced a new website, www.cannonformayor.com, and Twitter account, @cannonformayor.
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