Concord Mayor Padgett to Seek Re-ElectionJun 28, 2013 11:00AM ● By Jason Huddle
A 40-year resident of Concord, Padgett has served three terms as Mayor. Prior to serving as in his current office, he served on the Concord City Council, was a member of the Concord Planning and Zoning Commission, and was also a principal in the Concord/Cabarrus County school system.
“I've had the privilege to work with excellent City Council members and a top-notch staff led by a professional management team. I am proud of Concord’s record of low taxes combined with excellent customer service. These accomplishments have allowed us to weather the recession and come out of it prepared to meet the challenges of the future. This includes one of the lowest General Fund debt levels of the larger cities in North Carolina, which means Concord is financially prepared to meet the infrastructure and service needs of a growing economy. I pledge to carry on with the work of our economic development partners to aggressively pursue good jobs -- the key to our community’s high quality of life,” said Padgett.
Padgett, who is also a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church and Concord Rotary Club, serves on the Board of Directors for the Cabarrus Boys and Girls Club. He is also a Vice Chair of the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, Board of Trustees for Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, and is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cabarrus Chamber of Commerce and North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state's highest civilian honor.
"A proud moment in my career as Mayor was when Concord received the All America City award, which demonstrated our community’s commitment to innovation, inclusiveness, civic engagement, and cross sector collaboration to address pressing local challenges. I want to build a city where our young people want to stay to work, live and play. This requires leaders that promote a spirit that encourages people to come together to tackle the challenges of the future. I would be honored to continue to be a part of that effort.”
Padgett holds an undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University, Master of Education Degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and an Advanced Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is married to his wife, Teresa and has a son, Joel, and three grandchildren.
“I appreciate and enjoy working with other local elected officials and citizens to improve our community. By working together our community has proven many times that we can accomplish great things.”