CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte’s mayor pro-tem is now the mayor-elect.
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Democrat Patrick Cannon won a close race Tuesday night with Republican Edwin Peacock. Cannon took more than 52 percent of the vote. Peacock, a former city councilman, won precincts in south Charlotte that lean Republican, while Cannon won traditionally Democratic precincts in north, east and west Charlotte. Cannon succeeds Patsy Kinsey, who was appointed mayor after Anthony Foxx resigned to become the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
Cannon, a longtime Charlotte City Council member, made a brief speech to supporters. “Tonight, ladies and gentlemen, I am realizing a life goal,” he said. “I’m so pleased that voters agreed with my platform on investing in Charlotte’s future. I’m so ready to lead us there.”
Peacock conceded with a call to Cannon's camp just before 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Despite a clear victory, the race was tight Monday night as the results were counted. At one point, only two points separated the two campaigns. Cannon and staffers were admittedly antsy.
"I may have wiggled a little bit here and there. But I maintained myself, and looked at the precincts that were out there, and I said, 'You know what, I think we still have a grand chance to a victor in this race,' and of course tonight, it proved to be the case," said Cannon.
In a September interview with NBC Charlotte, Cannon, who grew up in Charlotte, said his vision for the Queen City is to see a lower unemployment rate and increase public safety.
He said he plans to establish relationships with the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, the Charlotte Regional Partnership, the Charlotte Regional Business Authority and more to create jobs.
Cannon added he wants Charlotte to maintain control of the local airport.
Cannon was first elected to city council in 1993 at the age of 26, making him the youngest councilman in the city’s history.
The new mayor says he plans to take a few days off with his family and savor his victory.
"It's unreal because I've worked so long," he said.