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Charlotte's Mayor-Elect holds first press conference

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Charlotte Mayor-Elect Patrick Cannon held his first press conference Thursday morning after his big win Tuesday night.

He told reporters he's still "pinching himself," because he can hardly believe his new title is real. 

Becoming Charlotte's mayor has been a long time dream of Cannon's.

He also talked about the three things he's going to focus on first when he takes office. 

He said job creation is number one, due to Charlotte's stubborn unemployment rate. Number two, he said, is zoning and permitting, because he feels the city needs a better process to encourage new business. And number three, Cannon said, is logistics and growth. 

He said he wants Charlotte to continue to expand aggressively, and that's why he picked Romare Bearden Park as a back drop for his first official meeting with the press.  Cannon said he's proud of all the growth surrounding the new BB&T Ballpark there, and speaking over the noise of several construction projects, he said the progress there is obvious.

Cannon promised progress in one other realm too. He said all that infamous contention on the city council – he thinks its now behind them.

"Yeah, I think so," Cannon said.  "I think that anything that may have been contentious in the past is really behind us. I feel real good about this council that we have right now, and its ability to want to focus on the real issues that are important to the city of Charlotte."

Cannon says he's already received calls from local Republicans, and that they're eager to sit down and talk.

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