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The Democratic National Convention was held in Charlotte Sept. 4-6, 2012. WFAE's comprehensive coverage of the event is found here.

Mayor Anthony Foxx On His Moment With DNC

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx addressed the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena Tuesday night.

Mayor Anthony Foxx's speech was short and sweet. He welcomed the crowd to Charlotte, and he emphasized his own personal values are tied to those of the city he grew up in.

"From West Charlotte High School to Davidson College, where I was the first black student body president; from NYU Law School to practicing law in the public and private sectors; from the Charlotte City Council to becoming the first Democratic mayor in Charlotte in 22 years to this stage tonight, I live by my values," Foxx said. "I live by the values my family and my community taught me."

It was a big moment for Foxx, who has spent much of his time as mayor recruiting the DNC and then preparing for it. After his speech, he reflected on that effort and his moment in the spotlight. 

"Well it's really remarkable the distance we've traveled as a city from the time we started recruiting this thing to now," Foxx said. "And to see this wonderful crowd and the way I was received was tremendous."

He says he doesn’t think all that applause was necessarily about him, but rather about Charlotte and the job it’s done handling the convention so far.

He said the city has its problems. But if the thousands in attendance take away one thing from his speech, he said he hopes it’s that Charlotte is a city where people come together to solve those problems.