Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, former Mayor Harvey Gantt and Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers were named Tuesday morning to head the key committees for the 2012 Democratic National Convention next September in Charlotte.
Several other current and former political leaders -- North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, former Gov. Jim Hunt and Sen. Kay Hagan -- were named honorary chairs of the committees. Also honorary co-chair of the Steering Committee, with Hunt, is former Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl.
Foxx and Rogers will be co-chairs of the Host Committee, which will serve as the link between the convention and the public. That committee's role includes finding ways to include the public in convention activities.
Gantt will be chair of the Steering Committee, which is charged with ensuring "that Charlotte's story is told authentically to the broadest possible audience," according to the Committee for Charlotte, the panel which landed the convention for Charlotte. The Steering Committee also serves in an advisory role for the Committee for Charlotte.
Perdue and Hagan will be honorary co-chairs of the Host Committee, while Hunt is honorary chair of the Steering Committee.
"We are fortunate to have a diverse array of talented and dedicated people who are committed to the success of Charlotte, the Carolinas, the greater Southeast region, and the convention," Foxx said.
"This bipartisan group of leaders -- some from within and some outside of Charlotte -- will ensure that the convention-planning process connects to the Carolinas and beyond," Foxx added.
Gantt said the Steering Committee "represents a diverse group of people that will bring the hopes and concerns of their constituencies to our discussions."
While Foxx spoke of a "bipartisan" group, his Host Committee appeared to be a list mostly of Carolinas Democratic leaders, ranging from Charlotte City Council members to congressional representatives. One exception was GOP city council member Edwin Peacock.
One recognizable Republican name is a member of the Steering Committee, made up largely of representatives from civic groups in the region. That name was Richard Vinroot, former GOP mayor of Charlotte.
Members of the Host Committee
Co-Chairs: Anthony Foxx, Jim Rogers.
Honorary Co-Chairs: Kay Hagan, Bev Perdue.
Kelly Alexander, Martha Alexander, Barbara Allen, John Arrowood, June Atkinson.
Michael Barnes, Tim Belk, Erskine Bowles, G.K. Butterfield, Concetta Caliendo.
Patrick Cannon, Becky Carner, Nancy Carter, Dumont Clarke, Eva Clayton.
Dan Clodfelter, James Clyburn, Harold Cogdell, Warren Cooksey, Roy Cooper.
Pat Cotham, Tricia Cotham, Jeanette Council, Janet Cowell, John Crumpler.
Walter Dalton, Charlie Dannelly, Donald Davis, Aisha Dew, Andy Dulin.
George Dunlap, Beverly Earle, Olma Echeverria, Doug Echols, Mark Erwin.
Bob Etheridge, Ken Eudy, Scott Falmlen, Carol Fowler, Dale Frederiksen.
Henry Frye, Wayne Goodwin, Jeffrey Graham, Malcolm Graham, Parks Helms.
Eliza Hernandez, David Howard, Yvonne Johnson, Larry Kernea, Patsy Kinsey.
Larry Kissell, Vilma Leake, Steve Lerner, Georgia Lewis, Elaine Marshall.
Betty Ray McCain, Mike McIntyre, John McNeill, Charles Meeker, Brad Miller.
James Mitchell, Rodney Moore, Cornelia Olive, Scott Padgett, Robert Page.
David Parker, Cyndee Patterson, Edwin Peacock, David Price, Betty Chafin Rash.
Heath Shuler, John Spratt, Brad Thompson, Ed Turlington, John Verdejo.
Everett Ward, Joan Washington, Mel Watt, Gwen Wilkins, Beth Wood, Cornell Wilson Jr.
Members of the Steering Committee
Chair: Harvey Gantt.
Honorary Chair: Jim Hunt
James Andrews, Dianne Bailey, Shannon Binns, Crandall Bowles, Jason Burgess.
Brett Carter, Gabi Culpepper, Mami Eisner, Frank Emory, Mitchell Gold.
Cameron Harris, Landra Johnson, Clifford Jones, Michael Jones, Cynthia Marshall.
Michael Marsicano, David Grier Martin, Angeles Ortega-Moore, Will Miller, Andrew Plepler.
Karen Popp, Wilhelmenia Rembert, Jennifer Roberts, Jim Rogers, Rabbi Judy Schindler.
Stoney Sellars, Robert Stolz, Marion Sullivan, Mike Todd, Richard Vinroot