People gather at retreat to hear from mayoral candidates

by: Scott Wickersham Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A Charlotte Chamber retreat was filled with seminars and speeches about the state of Charlotte and business.

By far the biggest crowd gathered late Wednesday afternoon as, for the first time, the Republican and Democrat running for mayor took the stage together.

It didn't take long before Republican Edwin Peacock took his first jab at Democrat Pat Cannon.

Peacock was quick point out the recent tax hike in Charlotte was on Cannon's watch.

"We are third highest taxed city. My opponent has made that worse," Peacock said.

Cannon has said he has no plans to raise taxes again soon, but he defended the recent increase.

Both men agreed Charlotte's airport is its biggest asset, and Cannon touted his experience with it.

"The airport needs to be efficient. Under my leadership, that has happened," he said.

Both men vow to fight to keep it under Charlotte's control.

As for the dysfunction the legal battle has caused between Charlotte and Raleigh, Peacock has a plan.

"I will convene a retreat in the city to repair the relationship with the local the delegation," he said.

Cannon said he's already working on it.

Both men were asked if the mayor's job would be a part-time or full-time job for them. Both indicated it would be a part-time job.

In the weeks leading up to the election, campaigning will likely be a full-time job.

Both said they have several more debates planned.