Charlotte, N.C.--Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx issued a three page statement that read in part, "...I announce...my decision not to run for re-election...I do not want to be a father who looks back and wishes I spent more time with them...I am grateful for the privilege of serving...For the rest of my time as mayor, I will work, as I always have, for the long-term interests of our community," Foxx said.
Foxx is reportedly a candidate to become Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, "I honestly do not believe that the statement that he has put out and the situation that is going on in Washington have anything to do with one another," said The Anthony Foxx Campaign Committee Jill Santuccio.
From control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport to the fate of the west side street car, and stadium upgrades for the Carolina Panthers. The mayor's announcement comes as a number of high profile issues dominate local debate. "These issues will be taken care of for the next 60-90 days," said Charlotte City Councilman David Howard. As Charlotte City Council member David Howard weighs in on the possibility of a run for Mayor. "I have no earthly idea. It's too early to tell," Howard said.
Former Republican City Council Member Edwin Peacock announced his plans to run for Mayor.
Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon says he will give it, "strong consideration." Mecklenburg County Democratic Party Chair Aisha Dew says she's ready to start the campaign. "In 2011, we made about thirty thousand calls for the Mecklenburg County party and we knocked on about 20 thousand doors. We're going to do that for whoever the democratic candidate is," said Dew.
Filing for the race for Mayor begins on July 5th and ends on July 19th. Election Day is November 5th.