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Dan Clodfelter is Charlotte's New Mayor

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In just the last few hours, city council picked Charlotte’s 4th mayor in less than a year.

In a 10 to 1 vote, city council picked Dan Clodfelter – a North Carolina Democratic Senator, to lead the Queen City.

The newly appointed mayor said his first job is “to keep calm. This is not a place to run off like Chicken Little. It’s just a well-run place as it’s always been.”

Clodfelter will be sworn in on Wednesday at noon, and will serve nearly a full term until the end of 2015.

“If I told I didn’t have a lump in my stomach I’d be lying. It’s a little daunting,” said Clodfelter.

“I think it’s the right thing to do. He’s going to step in and ready to work us. We’ve had 4 mayors but it’s time to go in and do this next 18 months,” said councilwoman Vi Lyles.

“You had Pat for 14 years and now in 5-6 years we’ve had 4 mayors,’ said Mayor Pro Tem Michael Barnes.

“We heard from the community. We got lots of calls and emails so between the communities and council, we forged ahead. We talked about the airport, the budget and weighed the candidate based on that,” said Lyles.

City council interviewed him and 12th district candidate James “Smuggie” Mitchell to see who’d be the best fit.

“He brings a fresh perspective. He’s not on the body,” said Barnes.

Clodfelter will have to work hard with city council to change the city’s reputation.

This, after former mayor, Patrick Cannon resigned on allegations of corruptions nearly 2 weeks ago.

“There are some good people on this staff. We are all trying to make the right decisions for the city,” said Michael Barnes.

“The allegations are not against the city. Dan’s got to be the mayor. The council has to be the council. And be a part of open government is going to make the difference,” said Lyles.

“He has a deep appreciation. He wants to be part of the solution. He understands Raleigh because he’s there now.  He’ll bring his skillset as an attorney and a state senator here to the benefit Charlotte,” said Barnes.

The mayor’s role is to break ties and officially represent the city.


Charlotte's city council voted in Dan Clodfelter as the city's new mayor on Monday night. He'll be sworn in on Wednesday and will serve through November 2015.

10 council members voted for Clodfelter.

Clodfelter is Charlotte's 4th mayor in the last year.

Dan Clodfelter is a North Carolina senator, and a former Charlotte city council member from 1987-1993.

He's a democrat has been represented Mecklenburg county for eight terms.

Clodfelter has a Charlotte law firm. His practice focuses on cases regarding federal and state antitrust issues, as well as unfair trade practices.

In the past, he's also served as chairman of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission. 

This is a brief bio per his Facebook page:

Daniel "Dan" Clodfelter was born in Thomasville, North Carolina and graduated from Thomasville Senior High School in 1968. He earned a bachelor's degree from Davidson College in 1972 and was named a Rhodes Scholar. Clodfelter earned another bachelor's degree from Oxford University in 1974. He then attended the Yale Law School, earning his law degree in 1977. Clodfelter served as a law clerk for Judge James B. McMillan of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of N.C. from 1977 to 1978, after which he entered private practice in Charlotte with Moore & Van Allen, PLLC. He has been with the firm ever since. Clodfelter served as a member of the Charlotte City Council, representing District One (East Charlotte) from 1987 to 1993. Clodfelter was elected to the North Carolina Senate in 1998 and for many years served as Co-Chair of the powerful Senate Finance Committee and as Vice Chair of the Judiciary One Committee. Clodfelter has been a Trustee of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation since 1982.

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