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Charlotte City Council must appoint new mayor after Patrick Cannon’s resignation

By Steve Harrison and David Perlmutt
sharrison@charlotteobserver.com

Democrat Patrick Cannon’s resignation as mayor Wednesday night means that Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes will preside over meetings until the City Council picks a replacement.

Barnes, however, will not be the mayor unless the City Council votes to elevate him into the job.

The process for picking a new mayor will be the same as in 2013, when Anthony Foxx stepped down to become U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

The City Council must pick a new mayor who is a resident of the city and a member of the Democratic Party, the same party as Cannon. The appointee doesn’t have to be an elected official.

When Foxx resigned, council members elevated District 1 council member Patsy Kinsey to be mayor. Kinsey served from July until December, when Cannon was sworn in.

She declined to say whether she’d like to be mayor again.

“That’s not on my radar screen,” Kinsey said. “I’m concerned about the city and how to get past this. We’ll work through it and we’ll be OK because we’ve got good people leading the city.”

In an interview during her final days in office, Kinsey said she enjoyed being mayor and suggested she would continue in the job if allowed.

Other elected officials who could be picked for the job include at-large members Barnes, David Howard and Vi Lyles.

Howard declined to comment Wednesday on whether he would want the job.

The new mayor would serve until December 2015, a month after the next city election.

If the City Council appointed a council member, it would then appoint a replacement for that elected official.

Harrison: 704-358-5160
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