Governor-Elect Perdue Promises Better Ties With Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Gov.-Elect Bev Perdue made her first appearance in Charlotte since winning the election. Perdue spoke at Thursday night's Charlotte Chamber of Commerce annual meeting.
Many were surprised she chose Charlotte to make her first post-election speech. The current lieutenant governor promised to work to end the days of resentment between Charlotte and Raleigh.
"I'm sophisticated and enough of a numbers cruncher to know that Charlotte is the leading business center, the leading economic driver of North Carolina's budget," she told a group of reporters after the event.
Her appearance came after the news that there's a $1.6 billion shortfall in the state's budget. Despite that shortfall, Perdue says she knows roads, Interstate 485, light-rail, and other transportation needs are a big priority to Charlotte. And she said she'll stick to her promise of more police officers.
"You gotta have cops on the street. You gotta do that; that’s part of having a safe city," she said.
Perdue said she still plans to open an office in Charlotte and work there several days a month.
"You're gonna see me so much you're gonna be like, 'Wow, why is she here so much?'" Perdue joked.