|J. Scott Padgett
J. Scott Padgett was elected to the position of Mayor in 2001 after serving on the City Council since 1995. A longtime resident of Concord, Scott is a retired elementary school principal who received his 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. Very active in the community, Scott is a member of the Concord Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow and former Board of Directors member), and All Saints Episcopal Church. He is a past member of the North Carolina League of Municipalities Board of Directors, is an active participant in the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and is a current board member of the N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Cabarrus Boys & Girls Club and Cabarrus Bank & Trust. He is a member of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce, and has been honored with the Order of The Long Leaf Pine.
Prior to becoming an elected official of the City, Mayor Padgett served as a member of Concord’s Planning and Zoning Commission. He is married and has one child and three grandchildren. Mayor Padgett states, “I have always been impressed with the leadership in Concord, and it is an honor to serve the citizens. We have many challenges today, but they are no greater than those faced by our forefathers. Working together, we can make this an even better place in which to live and work.”
A Message from the Mayor
Bringing People Together
In Concord, certain events are so well-known that we don't even have to put them on the calendar because they are permanently scheduled in our hearts. The Friday evening before Thanksgiving is always reserved for the Tree Lighting and Fireworks, followed by the parade Saturday afternoon! There is no comparison to Pancake Day at the Boys and Girls Club the third Thursday of every March. I love these events because they bring the entire community together to celebrate shared traditions.
We have arrived at the time of year where there are more events happening in the community than one individual could possibly attend. Whether taking in the sights at ClearWater, or Downtown during an ArtWalk or the Spring into Arts Festival, enjoying the sounds of Union Street Live or Afton Village’s Party on the Plaza, or simply enjoying the weather in the company of friends and neighbors…it is hard to find a more enjoyable time of year in Concord than late spring and early summer.
Hundreds of people came Downtown on Monday, March 21 (which was proclaimed Bulldog Day) to honor the Jay M. Robinson High School boys' basketball team. The Bulldogs (29-3), won the 2016 NCHSAA 3A Men's Championship in a dramatic 59-55 finish against Fayetteville's Terry Sanford High School at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill on Saturday, March 12. It is the team's first state championship and the first Cabarrus County boys public school basketball team to win a state championship since Concord High School in 2007. The Bulldogs also achieved South Piedmont 3A Conference regular season and tournament championships this year. What a wonderful group of young men, supported by their coaches, families, and school community. Congratulations, Bulldogs!
Not long after this event, it was parade time again. Haulers on Union, one of our relatively new events, just happened for the second time on May 19. The event celebrates a long-standing part of Concord's heritage—racing! This year’s event was enhanced with even more NASCAR Sprint Cup team haulers on parade, show cars and a family festival on Union Street, and live music by Acoustic South and The Tams! It was a wonderful evening of celebration and community pride.
The reason for Haulers on Union is to channel the excitement we have each spring and fall when NASCAR comes home. For over 50 years, motorsports has been a part of our culture, and the local impact of racing has become very important to our community. More fans are at each Charlotte Motor Speedway race than attend the Super bowl, and we do it twice a year! Combined with the Auto Fair and other events at zMax Dragway and other Speedway venues, there is activity happening that entertains locals and visitors alike throughout the year. We have thousands of local jobs in the motorsports, visitor, and hospitality industries, and millions in visitor spending each year. I am proud that so many people get to experience the variety of flavors Concord has to offer, whether at the Speedway or elsewhere.
Whether it is on Union Street this summer, at a neighborhood meetings, or other community events… the City Council and I, along with City staff, look forward to working with you and celebrating all we enjoy here together in Concord.