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Clodfelter settles in as mayor
New job takes some adjustment
 
Published Tuesday, May 27, 2014 12:09 pm
by Herbert L. White

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodftelter has been the leader of North Carolina’s largest city for nearly two months.

 

 Interview with Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter.

The Democrat, who was a City Council member before serving 15 years as a state senator, is making the transition to local politics. During a round of media interviews on Monday, Clodfelter responded to questions about city politics, building confidence in local government and constituent inclusion. Responses are edited for brevity.


• On the transition to being mayor and working with City Council:


“The happiest part of the adjustment is to come back home and find that things still working the way they did when I was on the council. That is, people still talk to each other, they’re civil; they don’t get hung up on who’s the Democrat and who’s the Republican. They focus instead on what’s the issue and how can we figure how to work on it as a team. It’s great to come back to that.”


• The political climate in Raleigh:


“It was bruising when I first went down there and it has not gotten any less so over the years. There’s been more of a direction the way things are done in Washington and I don’t think that’s really good.”


• On the difference between being mayor and a council member:


I’m still learning those differences. I’m not sure I fully appreciate the job of the council member. The job is pretty much focused on the agenda and the issues on the agenda and the issues that are rising. What I’m learning about this job is I’ve got to have a more comprehensive view of things and I can’t do too much about any one particular issue but about how all the issues connect and work together. That still requires some adjustment.”


• On taking over after former mayor Patrick Cannon’s resignation on federal corruption charges:


“I was in complete shock when it happened, just like everybody else was. When I landed in the job, I think the first priority was to stabilize things and get folks to stop thinking about what happened and the crisis to focus on the day-to-day business of the city. The manager (Ron Carlee) and the city staff didn’t miss a beat. One of the messages for the community is it didn’t send people into a tailspin. Folks continued to come to work every day to do their jobs. When you turn on the tap, water still came out; when you rolled your cart out to the curb, it still got picked up. When you needed to fly out of the airport, the plane was there and you flew.”

Comments

Mayor Dan Clidfelter is the right man for the job...smart, energetic and pragmatic. Great news for Charlotte!
Posted on May 29, 2014
 
Great! Jim Crow back in office. I'm moving back to NY
Posted on May 29, 2014
 

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