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Competition begins to fill Clodfelter's seat in General Assembly

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Just a few hours after Dan Clodfelter resigned from his state Senate seat, potential replacements are expressing their interest in representing his district.

Mecklenburg County Democratic Party Chair Robin Bradford says three contenders have said they are interested in representing District 37, which comprises much of southwest Charlotte and flows into uptown.

Gaston County assistant district attorney Jeff Jackson has made a public announcement. He lives in Charlotte and serves as 3rd vice chair of the local party.

Bradford said former County Commission Chairs Harold Cogdell, Junior and Jennifer Roberts have also said they are interested.

Cogdell said the call to public service has never left him, but he is still in the decision making process on Clodfelter's seat.

According to state statute, the Governor will appoint a person chosen by the local political party.

Bradford said there will be a conference call Tuesday night with party leaders and at least one meeting before voting on a replacement.

She said only those executive committee members who live in Clodfelter's district will vote on his replacement.

Bradford hopes a decision will be made before the General Assembly reconvenes in May.

Clodfelter served since 1999 and was an established voice for Mecklenburg County. He will be sworn in as mayor at noon on Wednesday.

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