Patrick Damon Cannon (born November 27, 1966) is an American
politician and member of the Democratic Party who served on the City
Charlotte, North Carolina
1 Education 2 Political career
2.1 Arrest on corruption charges and guilty plea
3 References 4 External links
Cannon received a bachelor's degree in communications with a
concentration in business marketing from North Carolina A&T State
University in Greensboro, North Carolina. He also holds a
certification from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Government.
Cannon was elected to the Charlotte City Council in 1993. When he was
sworn in, he became the youngest council member in Charlotte history,
at age 26. Originally representing District 3 on the city's west side,
he was elected to an at-large seat in 2001. He stepped down in 2005,
but was reelected in 2009.
Cannon declared his candidacy in the 2013 mayoral election after Mayor
It has been said that to whom much has been given much is required. For nearly half of my life, I have had the honor of serving the people of Charlotte. Much has been given to me in the way of the public's trust. I regret having acted in ways that broke that trust. For that, I am deeply sorry. I love Charlotte. It is the city of my birth. I regret having hurt the city that I love. Out of concern for the city, I immediately resigned my post as Mayor. Today, I have acknowledged being guilty of accepting monies for constituent services, something that should never have been done while serving in elected office. As I have asked of my family and friends, I also ask of you the public: your forgiveness. I understand the anger, frustration and disappointment that my actions have caused. I can only hope that the life that I live from now on will reflect both my remorse and my desire to still make a positive impact upon our city. Finally, I want to express my appreciation to my family and friends, to my legal counsel, the faith community, and to the many people whose expressions of unconditional love and support have been, and continue to be, sources of strength and encouragement.
Cannon was sentenced to 44 months in prison on October 14, 2014. He began serving his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution, Morgantown, a minimum-security facility in West Virginia, and was originally scheduled for release on January 25, 2018. After his conviction, Cannon voted early on October 30, 2014, while he was under house arrest. After the vote, which did not count, he told a U.S. District Judge, "I did it without thinking." On March 16, 2016, he pleaded guilty to attempted voter fraud. This did not add time to his sentence. On September 15, 2016, Cannon was released from prison (serving 22 of the 44 months he was sentenced to.) He officially became an ex-convict on January 25, 2017 as he began two years of supervised release monitored by the Residential Re-Entry Management Office in Raleigh, NC. The RRMO is one of 25 centers around the country that oversee some 200,000 federal inmates that are transitioning back to freedom. References
^ a b c d Morrill, Jim (November 3, 2013). "Decision 2013: It's your
vote". The Charlotte Observer. Charlotte, North Carolina: McClatchy
^ Foreman Jr., Tom; Weiss, Mitch (March 26, 2014). "Charlotte mayor
resigns; accused of taking bribes". Charlotte, North Carolina: AP.
Retrieved March 27, 2014.
^ "Patrick D. Cannon, Mayor Pro Tem". Charlotte, North Carolina: The
City of Charlotte. Retrieved November 12, 2013.
^ Morrill, Jim; Harrison, Steve (September 8, 2013). "Cannon says that
his history of defying the odds has defined him". The Charlotte
Observer. Charlotte, North Carolina: McClatchy Publications.
pp. 1A. In fall 1993, former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt asked
his own political mentor to take under wing a young politician long on
promise but short on experience. Democrat
Preceded by Patsy Kinsey Mayor of Charlotte 2013–2014 Succeeded by Dan Clodfelter
Official site of Mayor of Charlotte
Cannon for Mayor campaign site at the