Patsy Kinsey

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Patsy Kinsey
55th Mayor of Charlotte
In office
July 1, 2013 – December 2, 2013
Preceded by Anthony Foxx
Succeeded by Patrick Cannon
Member of the Charlotte City Council
Incumbent
Assumed office
Dec. 2, 2013
In office
2003 – July 1, 2013
Member of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners
In office
1990–1994
Personal details
Born 1941 (age 72–73)
Political party Democratic

Patsy Kinsey (born 1941) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as the Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina for five months in 2013. She served out the remainder of the term of former Mayor Anthony Foxx, who resigned to become United States Secretary of Transportation. Kinsey is the second woman to serve as Mayor of Charlotte.[1][2] The city's first female mayor was Republican Sue Myrick, who held the office from 1987 to 1991.[1][2]

A Democrat, Kinsey served as a Mecklenburg County commissioner from 1990 to 1994. She was then elected as a member of the Charlotte City Council from District 1 for five consecutive terms, from 2003 until the Council elected her Mayor on July 1, 2013, minutes after Foxx resigned from office.[2][1] North Carolina state law required that Foxx's appointed successor be of the same political party.[1] Both Kinsey and Foxx are members of the Democratic Party and Democrats held a 9-2 majority on the city council in July 2013.[1] Five Democratic city council members and one Republican member, Warren Cooksey, voted for Kinsey.[1] Two Democratic council members, Beth Pickering and Claire Fallon, voted against Kinsey.[1] Three other council members - Republican Andy Dulin and Democrats Patrick Cannon and Michael Barnes - missed the meeting and did not vote.[1]

Kinsey was sworn in as Mayor on July 1, 2013, the same day as her election. She resigned from her seat on the city council as part of the agreement to become mayor, which included the understanding that she would not stand in the mayoral election in November.[1] She instead ran to reclaim her former District 1 city council seat in the November 2013 election.[1] She was elected with only write-in opposition, and resumed her service as a regular council member in December 2013, while Patrick Cannon took office as Mayor.[3]

Kinsey was named Charlotte's 2013 Woman of the Year by The Charlotte Observer in February 2014.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Spanberg, Erik (2013-07-01). "Charlotte's new mayor promises 'seamless transition'". Charlotte Business Journal. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  2. ^ a b c Harrison, Steve (2013-07-01). "Charlotte gets 2nd female mayor as Foxx resigns". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  3. ^ Charlotte Observer
  4. ^ Perlmutt, David (2014-02-18). "Council member and civic activist Patsy Kinsey named 2013 Woman of the Year". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Anthony Foxx
Mayor of Charlotte
2013
Succeeded by
Patrick Cannon