Former Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon, who served time for corruption, files for at-large city council race

Patrick Cannon was sent to a federal correctional institution in Morgantown, W. Va., in November 2014 on a corruption conviction.
Patrick Cannon was sent to a federal correctional institution in Morgantown, W. Va., in November 2014 on a corruption conviction.
Published: Mar. 4, 2022 at 9:27 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 4, 2022 at 8:23 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Patrick Cannon, the former Charlotte mayor who served two years in jail after pleading guilty to corruption, is getting back into politics.

According to the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, Cannon has filed to run in the at-large Charlotte City Council race.

It was welcome news for Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP President Corrine Mack.

“Happy he’s back in the race. Did some really great work in the city and he’s much needed,” Mack said Friday morning.

Cannon said he still takes responsibility for his actions, remains sorry for those shortcomings and continues to ask for forgiveness from the community.

Cannon said Friday that he still takes responsibility for his actions, remains sorry for those shortcomings and continues to ask for forgiveness from the community.

“A chance for redemption is all I can ask for and pray that you might provide it in a fall that was taken, with the hope of getting up and starting a new beginning with your support,” Cannon said in a statement. “Can we as a community send a message to anyone that has fallen short to say, ‘We are a city and/or a people of second chances?’”

Cannon was sent to a federal correctional institution in Morgantown, W. Va., in November 2014 on a corruption conviction.

He was sentenced to 44 months after pleading guilty to accepting more than $50,000 from undercover agents while serving as Charlotte’s mayor. He was released in September of 2016.

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Cannon resigned from his position as Charlotte mayor in late March 2014, nearly eight hours after he was arrested by the FBI.

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He also signed a plea agreement to a charge of attempting voter fraud. The charge stemmed from an absentee ballot Cannon cast in October for the November 2014 general election. As a convicted felon, Cannon was not allowed to vote.

The FBI’s investigation into Cannon began in August 2010 when court documents say agents received “reliable information” that Cannon was potentially involved in illegal activities associated with his position as an elected official. Cannon was on the Charlotte City Council at the time.

He was elected as Charlotte mayor in November 2013 and took office in December.

Cannon was initially charged with theft and bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, honest services wire fraud and extortion under color of official right. He pleaded guilty to one count of honest services wire fraud in June 2014.

He entered prison on Nov. 18, 2014, to start his 44-month sentence.

Cannon’s felony doesn’t prevent him from running for office or voting anymore. In his filing Friday morning, he claimed he had citizenship rights restored, meaning his sentence is completed and he’s filed the proper forms.

He is running in a crowded field of Democrats in the primary, with every candidate so far either currently or previously serving on the city council.

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