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Charlotte Moves Forward With Clodfelter At The Helm

Dan Clodfelter
City of Charlotte

Former North Carolina Senator Dan Clodfelter officially became the new mayor of Charlotte Wednesday.  His wife and one daughter stood with him in the city council chamber as he took the oath of office.  Council members selected Clodfelter Monday to fill the vacated term of Patrick Cannon who resigned last month in the wake of federal corruption charges. 

Clodfelter never mentioned his predecessor by name.  He did refer to the day of Cannon's resignation saying that it will not cast a shadow on city leaders who have governed honestly in the past.

"No one day -- not March 26th or any other day -- could ever change the power of that history or diminish its force as we go forward," said Clodfelter.  "And then I knew that March 26th is already in the past.  And it is only the very tiniest part of the past.  It will diminish as each day goes by."

Clodfelter represented Mecklenburg County in the state senate beginning in 1998.  He resigned from that body Tuesday.  In light of the political turmoil, Clodfelter called for action to help prevent such crimes in the future.

"Many of the members of council with whom I have already spoken and I suspect all with whom I haven't spoken share this view.  I believe as they do that a comprehensive and independent review of the city's policies dealing with matters of ethics and improper influence is imperative," he said.  "I agree with them and I suspect that you will see them take early action on that subject."

Clodfelter says he wants to bring stability to Charlotte.   That is his highest priority right now.  He is the third person to hold the office since Anthony Foxx left to become the nation's transportation secretary.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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