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State senator chosen to replace Charlotte, N.C., mayor charged with corruption

A veteran state senator has been named mayor of Charlotte, N.C., replacing Patrick Cannon, who resigned after bribery arrest.

By
Frances Burns

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 8 (UPI) -- North Carolina State Sen. Dan Clodfelter said Charlotte will "move on" as he was named to replace a mayor charged with bribery.

Clodfelter is to be sworn in Wednesday as the fourth mayor in less than a year in North Carolina's largest city. After he was selected Monday evening by the city council, Clodfelter said his major task is to bring "stability" to the city.

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Mayor Patrick Cannon resigned March 26, less than four months into his term as mayor. Cannon, who was elected to the city council in 1993 at the age of 26, was arrested in March and charged with accepting bribes after an FBI investigation that began in 2010.

“We will move on from this,” Clodfelter said.

The succession of mayors began in July 2013 when Anthony Foxx left to become U.S. secretary of transportation. Foxx was replaced by Patsy Kensit, a city councilwoman who served until Cannon took office in December and then returned to the council.

Clodfelter, born in Thomasville, N.C., is a lawyer with degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes scholar, and Yale Law School. He returned to North Carolina and practiced law in Charlotte.

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A Democrat, he was elected to the city council in 1987 and the state senate in 1998.

[Charlotte Observer]

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