CHARLOTTE, NC – After Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx was nominated by President Obama as U.S. Secretary of Transportation Monday, Charlotte City Council members were faced with the challenge of selecting an interim mayor to finish the remainder of Foxx’s term which ends in December.
“I would be shocked if it was someone who wasn't just a caretaker, someone to keep the chair warm,” said political professor Dr. Michael Bitzer, of Catawba College.
On Monday council members showed increasing support for tapping a candidate who wasn’t interested in running for the position beyond the temporary appointment.
“I'd like to support someone for the interim mayor's position that doesn’t want the job,” said Republican Councilman Andy Dulin.
Several council members have expressed interest in running for Foxx’s seat, meaning it’ll be unlikely a council member will fill the interim post.
“I think whoever fills that seat should clearly indicated he or she will not be running,” said Democrat Councilman Michael Barnes.
Council members haven’t set a timeline for selecting an interim mayor. But they must choose a Democrat to reflect Foxx’s party affiliation.
Charlotte voters will choose a new mayor in November.