Top democratic leaders express interest for mayor

Top democratic leaders express interest for mayor

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by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on April 5, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 5 at 6:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Now that Mayor Anthony Foxx has announced he doesn’t plan to see re-election, who could be the next mayor of Charlotte? NBC Charlotte spoke with several top Democratic leaders who might be interested.

"I would say it was expected that some change might take place, absolutely, and it's really exciting," said Mecklenburg County Democratic Party Chair, Aisha Dew.
 
It's safe to say Mayor Anthony Foxx's announcement not to seek re election wasn't a big surprise to the Mecklenburg County Democratic party. With rumblings of a possible Department of Transportation opportunity in Washington, the big question now is who's next?
 
"I think we're just looking for the person who's invested in Charlotte," said Dew.
 
According to the Charlotte Observer, there's a long list of potential democratic candidates including: John Lassiter, Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon, David Howard, State Sen. Dan Clodfelter, Michael Barnes, Edwin Peacock, and Jennifer Roberts.
 
NBC Charlotte spoke with Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon who confirmed his interest.
 
"It's something obviously we'd be looking to consider and will be exploring the possibilities," said Cannon.
 
And Cannon says his experience makes him a strong candidate.
 
 "I've been engaged in Charlotte politics for nearly 20 years; I was elected back in 1993, so seeing a couple sides, serving as district representative and serving in at large capacity," said Cannon.
 
Also speaking out and expressing interest is Senator Malcolm Graham.
 
“I believe we need someone in this office that can bring the community together,” said State Senator Graham.
 
Dew says she has definitely felt strong interest from a few top candidates.
 
"Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon, Representative Becky Carney, I've also heard potentially Senator Malcolm Graham also Senator Dan Clodfelter," said Dew.
 
Dew says experience and popularity are key.
 
“Becky Carney had a very strong presence on the county commission, and then she went to the house and also she's had donors give to her just because they like her," said Dew.
 
Either way, Dew says they have no shortage of strong candidates to keep the position in democratic hands.

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