City Council expected to select new mayor tonight

City Council expected to select new mayor tonight

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by RICHARD DEVAYNE / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 7 at 9:53 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NBC Charlotte is pretty confident that the city will have a new mayor by the close of the day Monday, but the question still remains: who will it be?

Charlotte City Council members will meet Monday night in a special meeting. The only item for council members: to choose the person to replace former mayor Patrick Cannon.

Last week the council delayed naming a replacement, but the council is expected to pick someone Monday evening.

Six votes are all that's needed from the 11 member council, and the vote may come down between State Senator and former council member, Dan Coldfelter, and former councilmember James Mitchell,  who ran against Cannon for mayor.

One thing everyone agrees on is it’s time to move on.

"Nobody wants this to drag out any longer. They want to turn the page and get a new mayor in there and instill some confidence and create an aura of stability,” Eric Spanberg of the Charlotte Business Journal said on Sunday's episode of FlashPOINT on NBC Charlotte.

The 47-year-old Democrat was arrested March 26 and resigned hours later, less than six months after taking office. Federal prosecutors say Cannon accepted more than $48,000 in bribes from FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted to work with North Carolina's largest city.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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