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Charlotte mayoral candidates share views on crime-riddled Hidden Valley

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

People in a Charlotte community home to several recent deadly shootings and other violent crimes are working to improve its image.

They took part in the annual Hidden Valley parade Saturday afternoon. People enjoyed music and food afterwards.

Mayor Patsy Kinsey was there. She said, despite the recent violence, Hidden Valley is a good place to live.

"It's like any other neighborhood. There are just a few bad apples, it's unfortunate but this is really a good neighborhood. I've walked and never felt threatened or afraid," Mayor Kinsey said.

Two democrats vying to become the next mayor of Charlotte also attended Saturday's event in Hidden Valley.

Councilman James Mitchell and mayor Pro-Tem Patrick Cannon spoke with residents, three days before the primary election.

"We believe in Hidden Valley and our presence here is about how can we this community restore it's gloried history and make people content and feel proud of Hidden Valley," Mitchell said.

Cannon says he has a plan to drop crime in the area.

"I'll be working with one of the area youth groups that's here today, who have asked for my support. Youths have positive outlets to be exposed to. That's something I did with my old neighborhood, the Pine Valley community with the Harris Y and I think that's something we can do here in this community, too," Cannon said.

City councilman Edwin Peacock and David Rice are facing off in the Republican primary.

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