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Article: Mayor Foxx being considered for U.S. Transportation Secretary


Speculation is heating up that Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx is on the short list to be the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

An article published by Bloomberg on Wednesday cites two sources as saying President Barack Obama is considering Mayor Foxx for the job.

When asked about the report Wednesday afternoon, Foxx told reporters, "no, I'm happy being mayor of Charlotte," he said. "Having a good time with it and just continuing to do the work for the people of Charlotte."

But when asked if President Obama or anyone in his administration had contacted him, he wouldn't confirm *or* deny that possibility.

"Again, I'm happy being mayor of Charlotte and looking forward to continuing the work we're doing," was his response.

Foxx has been a staunch supporter for the region's 2030 Transit Plan.

Foxx recently created a working group made up of leaders from the public and private sectors to explore means of alternative funding for the plan since the half-cent county transit tax is not growing fast enough.

Charlotteans we talked to Wednesday night were excited about the possibility.

"I think there is a wow factor to it," said Melodee Coleman. "I definitely think it would be a good stretch for him.

Another resident, Allen Harris, agreed and said, "I'd hate to see him leave Charlotte of course but I think it would be great."

Harris also pointed to all the good work Foxx has done for the city.

"I think overall he's doing a good job," he said. "I know there's been some hurdles to cross dealing with the streetcar project."

Foxx was elected to succeed Pat McCrory as mayor in 2009. In 2011, the Democratic National Committee chose Charlotte to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

A leader for the USDOT is one of four remaining Cabinet posts that the President has yet to fill, according to the article.

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