Past Mayors

Mayor Patrick D. Cannon 

March 26, 2014 - Patrick D. Cannon resigned as Mayor

Patrick D. Cannon, a Charlotte native, was elected the 56th Mayor of Charlotte on November 5, 2013. Cannon had nearly 20 years in elected office and a commitment to economic development and global competitiveness, housing, education and public safety.

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.

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.

He and his wife Trenna of 17 years, have three children, Porsheia, Brittany and Patrick.