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Mayor appointment tabled for week
Cannon successor to be named April 7
 
Published Monday, March 31, 2014 6:42 pm
by Herbert L. White

Charlotte City Council will wait another week to pick a new mayor.

The council voted on Monday to appoint Patrick Cannon’s successor at the April 7 at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.

Cannon resigned on March 26 after he was arrested on corruption charges after taking $48,000 in bribes and wire fraud. 

“A number of council members have expressed an interest in providing some time between tonight’s legal discussion and any votes,” Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes said.  “This is one of the more important decisions that we will make, and each of us needs to have the opportunity to reflect, to talk with potential candidates and to talk with constituents.

Numerous names have been floated as potential replacements for the remaining 21 months of Cannon’s term, including former Mecklenburg County commissioner Jennifer Roberts, N.C. Sen. Dan Clodfelter, former City Council member and James Mitchell, a U.S. House of Representatives candidate. District 1 council member Patsy Kinsey, who was named interim mayor last year when Anthony Foxx resigned to become U.S. transportation secretary, has also been mentioned as a possibility.

North Carolina law requires that any vacancy in a city’s elective office be filled by city council. Individuals who live within the city limits, at least 21 years old and a registered member of the same political party as the predecessor are eligible. Cannon is a Democrat.

 

 

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