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Outspoken critic of Charlotte leaders runs for mayor

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Martin Davis, an outspoken critic of local government leaders, has announced he's running for Mayor of Charlotte. If you've been to even a few Charlotte city council meetings, chances are you've heard Davis speak. He regularly uses his three minutes of public comment time to call out the city council and the mayor. Davis says he decided to run because Republican opponent and council member John Lassiter is too much like McCrory. "He is a member of the uptown elite power structure that has dominated local politics for as long as I can remember in Charlotte. And there's a symbiotic relationship between government and big business in Charlotte and they work to the detriment of the average taxpayer," says Davis. Davis says as mayor he'd veto any public-private partnerships. He also says he'd push to cut taxes, end large capital projects and the city's support of public housing, as well as improve the criminal justice system. This is not the first time Davis has run for Mayor. In 2005, he says he got in the race to publicly challenge McCrory on light rail, a project that Davis calls a 'total waste of money.' Davis says he's contributed $12,000 of his own money to start his campaign.