April 09, 2014 at 12:17 AM
Dan Clodfelter resigned Tuesday from the North Carolina Senate as he prepared to be sworn in as Charlotte's fourth mayor in less than a year.
"For such a short letter, this has been a hard and sad one to write," Clodfelter said in his three-paragraph letter to Gov. Pat McCrory. "I had not expected to be writing it, certainly not now and not in these circumstances."
Clodfelter will take the oath Wednesday to serve the 20 months remaining on Patrick Cannon's term. Cannon resigned March 26 after his arrest on federal public corruption charges.
The City Council on Monday voted 10-0 to appoint Clodfelter as mayor. Former City Council member James Mitchell also lobbied for the appointment.
"I look forward to working with you," Clodfelter wrote, "from my new office on East Trade Street."
Clodfelter and McCrory served together on the City Council in the 1980's. The Mecklenburg Democrat was elected to the state Senate in 1999.
The resignation leaves Democrats with a Senate seat to fill. The replacement would likely take Clodfelter's place on the ballot for this year's General Assembly election.
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