Clodfelter ready to tackle current city issues

by: Jim Bradley Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte Mayor-to-be Dan Clodfelter has been busy Tuesday. 
Early in the morning, he visited the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum in west Charlotte. 
For decades, the meeting has been the place to go for the latest political discussions in the African-American community.  
"It's good to be back home and good to be with you," Clodfelter said to the crowd. 
Hours earlier, Clodfelter had been appointed mayor by Charlotte City Council members. 
He's replacing Pat Cannon, who resigned two weeks ago after being arrested on federal bribery and corruption charges. 
Clodfelter said Tuesday he's beginning the work of moving the city past that crisis. 
"A lot of meetings just to sort of get acquainted with who's doing what. What's on the plate," Clodfelter said. "There's a budget workshop tomorrow. We get right into the budget workshops and I have to catch up with these council members. They're off and running and I don't intend to be left behind."
Clodfelter has had a reputation for tacking complex problems during his 15 years in the North Carolina Senate. 
Council members said that experience will serve him well as Charlotte's mayor. 
"Where are we going? How much does it cost?  Why are we doing it? Do we need it?” said council member Claire Fallon. 
One of the biggest issues the city of Charlotte has faced in recent years remains unresolved. 
Last year, the North Carolina legislature created a new airport commission in an attempt to take control of Charlotte Douglas International Airport away from the city. 
Clodfelter said he's already thinking about that.
"We've got the airport issue that's still out there. It would be nice to get that off the agenda," Clodfelter said.
After the swearing-in ceremony Wednesday afternoon, Clodfelter will have little time to settle in.
He will preside over a budget meeting beginning at 3 p.m. 
He will become Charlotte's fourth mayor in less than a year. 
Anthony Foxx resigned to take a new job as U.S. transportation secretary. 
Patsy Kinsey was appointed to serve the remaining four months of his term.