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Clodfelter Sworn In As Charlotte's New Mayor

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Dan Clodfelter has been sworn in as the fourth mayor of Charlotte since last spring.


Clodfelter took the oath of office Wednesday next to his wife, Elizabeth, and one of his two daughters.


Charlotte's City Council on Monday chose Clodfelter, who has been a state senator since 1999.


Clodfelter, a Democrat and former City Council member, submitted his resignation from the Legislature to Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday. He replaces Patrick Cannon, who resigned less than two weeks ago after his arrest on federal corruption charges.


Cannon was elected as mayor last November after councilwoman Patsy Kinsey served as interim mayor. Kinsey replaced Anthony Foxx, who resigned the post last year to become U.S. Transportation Secretary in the Obama administration.


Clodfelter has said his highest priority for Charlotte is stability.


"So people are asking me, `What will you do to restore our shaken confidence?', and I have to say to you, partly my anxiety today is because I have no magic answer to that question," Clodfelter said. "So far as I've been able to determine, there is no app that you can download. I've been looking very diligently."


Clodfelter said the council and the city's residents will decide on his performance in office.


"To the council again I want to say whether or not you've chosen wisely on this you and the community at large now will be the judges as we move forward," he said. "All I can do is pledge to you and to our beloved community that I will do all that I am able to vindicate your choice and to repay the confidence that you have placed in me."


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