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Clodfelter sworn in as Charlotte's new mayor

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Dan Clodfelter has been sworn in as the fourth mayor of Charlotte since last spring.

Clodfelter took the oath of office Wednesday next to his wife, Elizabeth, and one of his two daughters.

"I'm ready to get to work," he told a constituent after the ceremony.

Charlotte's City Council on Monday chose Clodfelter, who has been a state senator since 1999.

Clodfelter, a Democrat and former City Council member, submitted his resignation from the Legislature to Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday. He replaces Patrick Cannon, who resigned less than two weeks ago after his arrest on federal corruption charges.

WBTV interviewed Clodfelter in his new office, the same office FBI agents raided two weeks ago.

"There are no ghosts in this office. If there are any ghosts, look at picture on the wall back there of the mayors who have been in this office and have done wonderful things for this city," he said.

Cannon was elected as mayor last November after councilwoman Patsy Kinsey served as interim mayor. Kinsey replaced Anthony Foxx, who resigned the post last year to become U.S. Transportation Secretary in the Obama administration.

Clodfelter has said his highest priority for Charlotte is stability. He also told WBTV that he will work hard to bridge a gap between Democratic members of council.

"I think there's common ground that can be found on virtually every issue that exists, and I see that as part of my job," he said.

Clodfelter said he'll also advocate for a review the city ethics policy.

"It's imperative," he said. 

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