Mayor Foxx puts Charlotte on center stage during speech

by: Natalie Pasquarella Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Mayor Anthony Foxx took the stage Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention to introduce the world to his hometown of Charlotte.

The mayor spoke for less than four minutes, but received loud applause from the crowd.

“Our city is a hub of energy and commerce, a place where business and government work together and make great things happen,” Foxx said.

When Foxx addressed thousands of delegates and the millions tuning in to the DNC, his hometown was center stage.

“From West Charlotte High School to Davidson College, where I was the first black student body president,” he said.

The mayor spoke of being raised by a single mother and his grandparents, and how they showed him the meaning of hard work.

“From the Charlotte City Council to becoming the first Democratic mayor in Charlotte in 22 years to this stage tonight, I live by my values,” Foxx said.

Eyewitness News caught up with him right after he walked off stage.

“I think at least 50 percent of the applause probably more was for the city than for me, and that's great. I'm excited that people are having a good time and are enjoying themselves,” Foxx said.

The mayor said he wanted to paint a picture of the Queen City to people all over.

“I also think people got a sense of the character of our city,” Foxx said. “This is not a city that has had an easy road, but it's a city that has pulled together when it's needed to and we've been able to forge a path forward.”

As for if he was nervous out there, he said he tries not to focus on his environment.

“I find that sometimes when you really think about what you're doing, sometimes it makes it harder to do it,” he said.

To watch Tuesday night's speeches live, click here.