CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A former Charlotte city council member is running for mayor.

Edwin Peacock made the announcement Wednesday. The 43-year-old Peacock says he'd offer strong leadership and would build bipartisan support to solve problems facing North Carolina's largest city.

The owner of a financial investment company, Peacock made an unsuccessful bid last year for the Republican nomination in the 9th Congressional District.

Peacock joins Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon as a candidate for the mayor's office. A Democrat, Cannon is looking to replace Mayor Anthony Foxx, who is President Barack Obama's nominee for U.S. Transportation Secretary.

The city is holding a September mayoral primary with the winners in each party facing off in the November general election.

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