CHARLOTTE, N.C. - For months antagonism has reigned between the City of Charlotte and Republican lawmakers in Raleigh. Now, Charlotte's new mayor-elect said he hopes to improve that.
Minutes after his victory speech Tuesday night, Pat Cannon said he will make improving relations with GOP legislators in Raleigh a priority.
The city and state have fought publicly about a variety of issues this year, including who will run the airport, funding for renovations at the Carolina Panthers' stadium and transit projects.
Cannon said he hopes to change the tone of those disagreements.
"I've been able to establish rapport with Democrats and Republicans," Cannon said. "We here in the City of Charlotte have an open door process, at least the Mayor's Office will be about that."
Already, several GOP legislators said they expect to work better with Cannon than his predecessor, former mayor Anthony Foxx.
N.C. Sen. Bob Rucho said, "I think Pat Cannon is a person you can work with and we feel there would probably be a more open line of communication having him there."
Republican Rep. Bill Brawley told Eyewitness News he expects a thaw in a relationship he admits has been difficult over the last year.
"Every issue I've negotiated with the City of Charlotte, I've come away with nothing," Brawley said. "They have never been willing to give or compromise on anything in dealing with me. I think Patrick Cannon might change that."
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