Patrick D. Cannon, a Charlotte native, was elected the 56th Mayor of Charlotte on November 5, 2013. With nearly 20 years in elected office and a commitment to economic development and global competitiveness, housing, education and public safety, Mayor Cannon has the progressive skillset to move Charlotte forward.
Mayor Cannon began his public service career at the age of 26. Winning the District 3 City Council seat in 1993, he became the youngest person elected to a City office. Serving three more terms in that district seat, he made dramatic changes to District 3 and gained approval of a multi-million dollar budget to complete the vision of the district.
Later, he was elected to citywide office as an at-large member of City Council and as Mayor Pro Tem. He was re-elected to that role for three more terms before his election as Mayor in 2013.
Mayor Cannon is associated with the following organizations:
United States Conference of Mayors
National League of Cities
National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials
North Carolina Leagues of Municipalities
North Carolina Black Elected Municipal Officials
NASCAR Hall of Fame Advisory Board
He graduated from South Mecklenburg High School and later received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a minor in Business/Marketing from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. He also holds a certification from Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a seminar on Transition and Leadership at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics within the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
His experience as both a district representative and an at-large member of the City Council gives Mayor Cannon a rare perspective. Some career highlights include successfully recruiting the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Basketball Tournament and its headquarters relocation to Charlotte, establishing a Citizens Review Board, helping to reduce Charlotte’s crime and unemployment rates to historic lows and working to decrease property tax rates.
Mayor Cannon is known as a leader and a champion of the people with the ability to work across party lines. He continues to focus on attracting new business to the Queen City and growing Charlotte’s economy.
He and his wife Trenna of 17 years, have three children, Porsheia, Brittany and Patrick.