• CEO of local organization says it's too soon to sever ties with mayor

    By: Kathryn Burcham


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Mayor Patrick Cannon has been a mentor for several organizations in the city of Charlotte.
    Channel 9 spoke to one organization's CEOs about Wednesday’s developments.
    She said she hopes the news doesn't overshadow the good work Big Brothers and Big Sisters does in the community.
    Cannon is well-connected to several charities in Charlotte, including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, which lists him on its site as a former little brother and ambassador.
    The CEO said she didn't even know the details about the mayor's arrest, including the nature of the criminal charges, but that in the past Big Brothers Big Sisters has appreciated Cannon's strong advocacy of mentoring children.
    She said it's too soon to know if the organization will sever ties with the mayor.
    “I think that remains to be seen. This was an allegation not a conviction. At this point we certainly appreciate all the support we've received from his office and from him,” said Karen Calder, CEO for Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Charlotte.
    For years, Cannon has also hosted a weekly radio show, called "Aiming with Cannon Live" in conjunction with Radio One, a Christian station in Charlotte.
    By email, the general manager of Radio One said Wednesday he was out of town and had no comment on the mayor's arrest.
    He also would not answer the question if the mayor's show will continue to air this Saturday and moving forward.

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