CHARLOTTE, NC (AP/WBTV) -
Voters in North Carolina largest city are going to the polls to elect a mayor in a race that has focused on the local economy.
Tuesday’s election in Charlotte pits 47-year-old Democrat Patrick Cannon against 43-year-old Republican Edwin Peacock.
Both candidates are touting plans to help create new jobs in Charlotte.
Peacock is at a disadvantage — 50 percent of Charlotte’s 550,000 registered voters are Democrats. About 23 percent are Republicans, the rest unaffiliated.
Republicans have won in Charlotte. Republican Pat McCrory spent 14 years as mayor before being elected governor in 2012.
Cannon or Peacock will replace Anthony Foxx, who was appointed by President Barack Obama as U.S. Transportation Secretary.
Patrick Cannon has been part of local elections since the 1990s and has never lost an election.
He was first elected from the city’s south side in District Three and was later elected to serve at large.
Cannon currently served as as Mayor Pro-tem and heads up Charlotte’s public safety committee.
“Sixteen years in the making and here we are today vying for the mayor of the city of Charlotte,” he said while he and wife, Treena, cast their ballots at Community House School on Tuesday.
“I’ve got to tell you that it looks like a good opportunity for us today,” Cannon said. “It’s humbling to know about the level of support that we’ve gotten over the years.”
Peacock is a native Charlottean who has served on council from 2007 to 2011 while he runs an investment firm.
Peacock was a 2012 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 9th Congressional District of North Carolina.
He has been outspoken and says he was against council voting to spend $87 million to keep the Carolina Panthers in town and giving Bank of America Stadium a facelift.
Peacock has also been against Charlotte’s streetcar project as well.
Also on the ballot is a $290 million bond for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and a $210 million bond for Central Piedmont Community College.
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