CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 21, 2013) – Patrick D. Cannon, Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Charlotte, today officially announced his intention to run for Mayor at a lunchtime gathering of family and supporters at Elizabeth Park on Charlotte’s Greenway. With his native Queen City as a backdrop, Cannon told supporters why:
“I’m running for Mayor of Charlotte with only one agenda, to move Charlotte forward,” said Cannon. “I’ll do that by continuing to tackle the tough issues and, as my record illustrates, making things happen.”
Ron Leeper, a 10-year Charlotte City Council member and owner of R.J. Leeper Construction, a full service minority construction management and general contractor, opened by telling an excited crowd all the things CANNON CAN DO for the people of Charlotte: deliver on the issues, listen to all sides, advocate for change, build consensus, make tough decisions and exercise fiscal prudence.
The tough issues, mentioned in Cannon’s remarks, will serve as the four focus areas of his campaign platform:
- Economic development (with an emphasis on job creation and business retention)
- Community Safety (reducing crime throughout the city)
- Transportation (comprehensive plan)
- Housing (affordability and accessibility)
Cannon has served on the Charlotte City Council since 1993 when he won a district seat which he was re-elected to in 1995, 1997 and 1999. He then took a break from politics to focus on his now 15-year-old business. 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, 2005, 2009 and 2011, he continues to serve in this capacity today.
A true Charlottean, Cannon was born at Memorial Hospital (now CHS) and attended Irwin Avenue Elementary, Piedmont Middle, Carmel Middle and South Mecklenburg High. Raised by a single mother and the direct beneficiary of a mentoring relationship, Cannon had his mom, wife and family surrounding him at today’s announcement.
“Born, raised and passionate about Charlotte, I have had the privilege of serving the city I love as an elected official for almost half my life,” said Cannon. “As Mayor, I will continue to be a champion of the people, giving a voice to every citizen, from every neighborhood, throughout the City.”