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Mayor Patsy Kinsey will soon complete her five months as leader of Charlotte. The five-time city councilwoman was asked to take office after former mayor Anthony Foxx resigned to become U.S. Transportation Secretary.

Kinsey will go back to the council next week, as Patrick Cannon will be sworn in as mayor on Dec. 2. She said taking over the position temporarily was a no-brainer.

"I served on county commission and then city council. It was just natural for me to say yes," she said.

Kinsey has focused much of her time on reclaiming city control of the airport and promoting LGBT and immigration efforts.

"The difference in attitudes from the day I came on council is day and night," she said/

Kinsey said that during her 10 years on city council, the city has become more accepting of the LGBT community as well as immigrants. Monday night, Kinsey's last council meeting as mayor, members created a taskforce to study the immigrant population and how Charlotte can be more welcoming to these groups.

"Immigrants need to know how to get around the city," she said. "Many of them have to use public transportation because they don't have a driver's license or a car. Being able to read signs in different languages makes their experience much more welcoming."

After Cannon is sworn in, Kinsey will go back to business as usual.

"I'll go back to doing exactly what I was doing before I came into the mayor's office," she said. "I'll be in District One, going to the neighborhood meetings, ribbon cuttings, and groundbreakings."


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