Anthony Foxx Resigns, Councilwoman Patsy Kinsey Appointed As Interim Mayor

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by Kirk Hawkins

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--Anthony Foxx entered his last City Council meeting inside the Government Center in Uptown Charlotte Monday amid a standing ovation and a cheer. Before he submitted his official resignation, Foxx had been Mayor since 2009. Before that, he served two terms on the City Council. "I just want to say thank you to Charlotte. Thank you for what you've given me. I've tried to give some measure of it back. I care deeply about the future of this place," Foxx said.

Patsy Kinsey was sworn in as Mayor four days after she was offered the opportunity to fill the position last Thursday. "I pledge to work with all of you to ensure a seamless transition," said Kinsey.

Kinsey felt her experience would make a difference before taking the appointment as Mayor. The democrat was serving her fifth term. She was also on the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners from 1990 to 1994. "Right now, I think it's important, we find someone to provide continuity through the next five months," said Kinsey.

The City Council is now looking for someone to fill Kinsey's seat. The deadline for applications is July 15th. Mayor Foxx is expected to be sworn in as Transportation Secretary tomorrow. Republican Edwin Peacock and two democrats Pat Cannon and James Mitchell have announced they are running for Mayor. The deadline for candidates to file their intent to run is July 19th.

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