Celebration of Foxx’s Victory
Posted on 11 Nov 2009 by Andria Krewson
Supporters of mayoral candidate Anthony Foxx and media crews gathered in a ballroom of the Westin Hotel last week to watch election returns, renew connections and nosh on crab-lump hors d’oeuvres.
The candidate and family members kept out of sight early, and campaign and media watchers huddled around laptops periodically to watch as precincts reported results. About 9:30 p.m., as the candidate’s lead reached about 3,000 votes, the excited buzz in the room grew louder. About 10 p.m., Foxx’s family and supporters entered the room and made their way to a stage, and Foxx arrived shortly afterward.
One key moment: Former Charlotte Mayor Harvey Gantt, the city’s first African American mayor, pointed out Foxx’s election meant Charlotte had its first Democratic mayor in 22 years.
But perhaps the most touching moment: During Foxx’s speech, he acknowledged the presence and influence of his grandmother, who played a key role in launching him on his path.
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