CHARLOTTE, N.C.–Edwin Peacock is hoping to build momentum toward Election Day as he runs for Mayor of Charlotte. Fresh off an endorsement in the Charlotte Observer over the weekend, he is feeling good about the state of his campaign. But success hasn’t always come easy for Peacock. He’s battled fears of failure since he discovered he had dyslexia when he was 18. “It’s taught me that through perseverance and, obviously, hard work that I can achieve anything,” said Peacock.
The Republican and graduate of Charlotte Country Day School and the University of Georgia is a former Charlotte City Councilman. He’s not only battling Democrat Patrick Cannon, but also voter apathy. Creative Loafing urges voters to select “neither of the above” this election.
Peacock says, not so fast. “There’s some voters that just aren’t being heard in the campaign, and that’s why these voters need to realize your voice needs to be heard,” said Peacock.
Peacock doesn’t support the street car, or a regional authority in charge of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. He was outraged the city funded Bank of America Stadium improvements without public input. And he even voted against Amendment One. “We need to be welcoming to all who can make a positive contribution,” Peacock said.
As Peacock looks toward the future, he hopes Charlotte can build on its strengths as a center of banking and energy, while maintaining affordability so citizens don’t flee the city limits for the low cost of living in nearby counties and South Carolina. “What makes me different… makes me strong, and that’s really translated into how I approach City Council and how I would approach the Mayor’s position,” he said.
We’ve also reached out to representatives for Democratic Mayoral candidate Patrick Cannon.
We hope to have that interview on WCCB News at Ten Tuesday night.