Charlotte mayor rising as Dems' convention begins

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Associated Press

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 4 at 11:02 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx is wrapping up preparations for the Democratic National Convention, but his time in the spotlight is perhaps just beginning in North Carolina.

Foxx received rave reviews from fellow Democrats in the days leading up to the convention's first night Tuesday at Time Warner Cable Arena, where he'll speak. They call him a leader of the New South and the nation, raising chatter that he could parlay the convention into higher office one day.

Foxx is 41 years old and became the city's youngest mayor when first elected in 2009.

His time in office has been marked by efforts to diversify Charlotte's commerce after the Great Recession. He's also become a leading campaign surrogate for President Barack Obama in North Carolina.

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