Charlotte native Mayor Pro Tem Cannon, 46, has been a servant-leader and elected official for nearly two decades.
In 1993, he ran for a district seat on the Charlotte City Council and won as the youngest member of the body to ever get elected to local public office. He won three more elections to that district seat in 1995, 1997 and 1999. After making dramatic changes to District 3 and getting a budget approved for the necessary millions to complete the vision of the district, Cannon decided to retire from public service to focus on his family and business. His passion for Charlotte and encouragement from supporters called him back to public service in 2001 when he ran for an at-large seat on City Council and was elected by the people and his peers to become Mayor Pro Tem. Re-elected in 2003, 2009 and 2011, he continues to serve in that capacity today.
Having served as a district representative and an at-large member of the City Council, Cannon has a rare perspective and lengthy record of team accomplishments with former and existing members of the Charlotte City Council. He has initiated issues around economic development, public safety, housing and education. Charlotte’s economy has flourished during his time as Mayor Pro Tem.
A proud product of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Cannon attended Irwin Avenue Elementary, Piedmont Middle, Carmel Middle and South Mecklenburg High. He earned a degree in Communications with a minor in Business/Marketing from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.
After college, he headed back to his native Queen City to work full time for a major corporation and give back to his community starting at Hickory Grove Elementary as a lunch buddy and tutor. Not long after, he started his own blue collar company to employ others and understand what it means to meet a payroll, all while continuing to support community causes.
Cannon is known as a leader and champion of the people with the ability to work across party lines for the common good. He is particularly proud of his efforts to reduce the property tax rate and City’s crime rate.
He and his wife of 17 years, Trenna, have two school-aged children and currently live in South Charlotte.