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Mayoral Candidates Disagree On Approach To Charlotte's Future

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Election Day is right around the corner and the Charlotte mayoral race will be front and center on Nov. 5.

Voters living within the Charlotte city limits have two Charlotte natives to choose from: Democrat Patrick Cannon and Republican Edwin Peacock III.

Cannon has served in the city council for over two decades, and is currently Mayor Pro Tem. Peacock served on the council from 2007-2011.

Both candidates say economic development and job creation is top priority. Revitalizing Eastland Mall with a film studio is one project both candidates support, but their philosophies on how to do so are very distinct.

"I think the project will be more successful the less help we give," Peacock said.

Cannon, however, disagrees.

"It’s important for the next mayor to lean on the General Assembly and ask to approve the film tax credits,” he said.

A different point of discussion is the streetcar. Both candidates say they support mass transit, but do not agree the streetcar should be a part of it.

"It will help create more jobs and more development,” Cannon said. “That allows us to expand the tax base.”

Peacock believes investment in a street car isn’t necessarily the most efficient solution to Charlotte’s transit challenges.

"We shouldn’t put in a street car if it's only affecting 1,000 people,” Peacock said. “We need to be making big decisions that impact congestion relief, like on I-77 near Huntersville, Cornelius, and Davidson."

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