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Stone formally announces mayoral bid

Republican Scott Stone formally announced the start of his mayoral campaign Wednesday.
Republican Scott Stone formally announced the start of his mayoral campaign Wednesday. tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com

Scott Stone held a rally at Ardrey Kell High School Wednesday night to formally announce his candidacy for Charlotte mayor.

Stone, president of the firm American Engineering, will face former City Council member Edwin Peacock in the Republican primary in September. Stone has previously said he would run, but Wednesday’s event was meant to be an official start to his campaign.

Stone ran against former mayor Anthony Foxx, a Democrat, in the 2011 mayoral election. He was defeated.

Stone’s focused on issues such keeping property taxes low and avoiding what he said is “wasteful spending on boondoggle projects,” according to an advance copy of his speech.

His speech also focused on former mayor Patrick Cannon’s arrest on federal corruption charges in March 2014.

Stone said Cannon’s arrest “brought national shame and embarrassment to our community.”

Cannon is a Democrat. In his announcement for mayor, Peacock also focused on Cannon’s arrest and questioned whether the city should have a 9-2 Democratic-controlled council and a Democratic mayor.

Peacock lost to Cannon in the 2013 mayoral race.

Four Democrats have announced they are running: At-large council members Michael Barnes and David Howard; current Mayor Dan Clodfelter; and former County Commissioner Jennifer Roberts.

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