It was a night that was 14 years in the making. Anthony Foxx officially took over the seat of mayor of Charlotte from Mayor Pat McCrory Monday night.
As soon as Mayor Foxx took the oath, he outlined his plans for the city. Specifically, he said he will focus on jobs and the economy. He said he will request City Council to immediately find ways to help small businesses.
Foxx also wants to hold a job summit with other area city leaders to look at ways to increase jobs. Foxx said it's part of an initiative from the the White House to help develop policy.
With Democrats holding the majority on City Council, Republican Andy Dulin said he looks forward to working with Foxx on these issues.
Hundreds of people showed up to see the ceremony with long lines waiting outside beforehand. With only 76 seats available for the public, the rest went to council family members, media, and other city leaders.
Outgoing Mayor Pat McCrory recalled his time in office with a slideshow of pictures playing above, showing him at Lowes Motor Speedway, opening Lynx Light Rail, and the groundbreaking of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. He talked about the actions of people in Charlotte during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and how so many people came together to help complete strangers.
Perhaps the most emotional part of the night was when John Lassiter, who lost to Foxx in the mayoral election, received the Mayor's Award. McCrory got choked up as he gave the reward. Lassiter responded with his own emotion when explaining how he met McCrory nearly20 years ago.
"It's been my honor to serve with you and recognize you tonight as a friend and colleague,” Lassiter said.