As Charlotte's skyline soared, Republican Mayor Pat McCrory has championed big projects such as light rail, an uptown arena and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He has seen the population explode to nearly 700,000. More than 215,000 Charlotteans – roughly the population of Greensboro – have never known another mayor.
He touts his record as he campaigns against Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue. While the mayor has limited power in a council-manager government, McCrory has leveraged what he has.
The closest to a full-time mayor the city has ever had, he has used his veto 22 times. Four predecessors used it a total of five. He employed his bully pulpit to push through new taxes on sales and hotel rooms while trying to hold the line on property taxes.