Charlotte City Council

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The City of Charlotte’s looking to invest in some new equipment that may literally smooth your commute.


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Charlotte officially has a new mayor in office. Democrat Patrick Cannon was sworn in, along with the rest of the city council, at last night’s Oath of Office ceremony.


Kinsey Hands Mayor's Gavel To Cannon Monday

Dec 1, 2013
Patrick Cannon
City of Charlotte

Democrat Patrick Cannon will be sworn in at the Charlotte City Council meeting Monday night, along with other members of the new council. Cannon takes over from Mayor Patsy Kinsey, who will chair her final meeting Monday night.

Governor Pat McCrory said Monday he supports the Charlotte City Council position in the fight with state lawmakers over control of Charlotte Douglas Airport—including the city’s removal of former aviation director Jerry Orr from his long-time post. Until now, McCrory has shied away from taking a public stance on the issue.

At the end of an hour-long interview on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks, host Mike Collins asked McCrory the question.

City of Charlotte

Charlotte’s City Council voted Monday night to encourage more affordable housing near rapid transit stations, such as light rail, to give families with lower incomes easier access to public transportation, and education and job opportunities along with it. But, the council decided to exempt one of its signature projects, the Blue Line Extension.


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The Charlotte airport commission—which the city wants to disband—met for the first time last night, in the city council's own quarters. Commissioners met to figure out what, if any, role they have while a court battle stalls their takeover of Charlotte Douglas Airport.  After four hours of deliberation, the 13-member commission decided to put its lawyers on a short leash, but stopped short of firing their executive director.


Cannon Talks Priorities

Nov 7, 2013
Tasnim Shamma

Patrick Cannon says he's still pinching himself after realizing a life-long dream of becoming mayor of Charlotte. He held his first press conference as mayor-elect in front of the new Romare Bearden Park in uptown to highlight his goals when he takes office in December.

Democrats Keep Firm Grip On Charlotte

Nov 5, 2013
City of Charlotte

Democrats maintained their 9 to 2 majority on the Charlotte City Council last night and easily kept hold of the mayor's seat, with Patrick Cannon winning by five percentage points.  

There are several new faces, but mostly just a shuffling of seats on Charlotte's city council. Democrats still control the dais, with the longest-serving among them moving to the center spot as mayor. Patrick Cannon says his victory is the realization of a lifelong goal from the time he became the city's youngest councilman at age 26.  

Julie Rose

The Charlotte City Council is advancing a plan to give more power to the Citizens Review Board charged with hearing complaints of police misconduct.


Charlotte's Mayoral Choice

Oct 22, 2013

Charlotte's next mayor will be either a long-time Democratic city councilman or a some-time Republican councilman with a long pedigree in Charlotte politics.  WFAE has this look at the city's mayoral choice come November 5.


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