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Dan Clodfelter officially to seek full term as Charlotte mayor

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter announced Monday that he will run to keep his job in the fall election.
Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter announced Monday that he will run to keep his job in the fall election. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter announced Monday that he will run to keep his job in the fall election.

In April, the City Council appointed Clodfelter to the mayor’s job when Patrick Cannon resigned after his arrest on federal corruption charges March 26, 2014.

Clodfelter, a former state senator and council member, is the fourth Democrat to announce a candidacy for mayor. The others are at-large council members Michael Barnes and David Howard and former county commissioner Jennifer Roberts.

Scott Stone, who ran for mayor in 2011 against former Mayor Anthony Foxx, who is now U.S. transportation secretary, has said he is likely to run on the Republican side.

Clodfelter said in a news release that he wants to focus on public safety, bringing “stability to our struggling neighborhoods,” and working to advance the city’s 2030 transit plan.

When Clodfelter was appointed to the mayor’s job, some council members believed he had agreed only to fill out Cannon’s term and would not seek the office in the fall election.

But Clodfelter had dropped hints he would seek the job for at least two more years. In his release Monday he said he needs to run for a full term because the city has had four mayors since 2013.

Before Monday’s council meeting, Clodfelter said he told council members that he would take a wait-and-see attitude about the job and that he didn’t promise not to run.

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