Jennifer Roberts elected Charlotte Mayor

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Democrat Jennifer Roberts is Charlotte's next mayor after defeating Republican Edwin Peacock in Tuesday's election.

"What the last few months have shown is that a positive, optimistic message and vision about what we can do to bring opportunity, to bring a brighter future to every corner of Charlotte, that vision resonates across all our city," Roberts said during her acceptance speech Tuesday night.

Appearing on Good Day Charlotte Wednesday morning, Roberts says she will begin her work today by sending thank you notes to supporters. When she officially takes office in January, she said she will begin by addressing parents' concerns regarding after school programs, work to improve the city's accessibility and expand crime prevention.

Roberts says she will look to expand the popular "Cops and Barbers" program, where police officers meet with residents to discuss community issues. She hopes to expand that program to include the city's religious leaders.

"All of these people can do a lot to expand our community policing efforts," Roberts told Fox 46's Barbara Lash.

Speaking at her campaign headquarters Tuesday night, Roberts told Fox 46's Jenna Caiazzo she wants to do all she can to help Charlotte "act as a region."

"I do want to make sure our city, county and school board are working together well," Roberts said on Good Day Charlotte. She also wants to expand that relationship to the state government in Raleigh.

Roberts is Charlotte's fifth mayor in three years. Anthony Foxx left office in 2013 to become the United States Secretary of Transportation. Patsy Kinsey served the rest of his term.

Roberts is the first person to be elected Charlotte mayor since Patrick Cannon was arrested for his part in a corruption scandal in 2013. Cannon who was barely six months into his term when he was arrested. He was convicted of taking more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen wanting to do work in Charlotte.

Dan Clodfelter stepped in to finish Cannon's term in 2014. Clodfelter ran for reelection but was defeated in the primary election.

On Tuesday, Roberts defeated Edwin Peacock, who conceded just before 10p. Peacock lost his previous bid for mayor to Cannon.


The Associated Press contributed to this report