|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
Concord's always been the best hometown to me
. We've always had it in Concord, but recently the sense of community is bubbling over and I can't be happier about it. In a time when cooperation and trust in the public good seems hard to find, it was fantastic to see individuals and organizations in Concord and beyond come together behind our bid to win the North Carolina League of Municipalities first ever Hometown Showdown
The League's contest asked municipalities across the state to submit photos of something that makes us proud. The photo we submitted was taken by local photographer Mike Anderson, at our 2013 Christmas Tree Lighting and Fireworks. Beginning in late February, Concord's photo competed against entries from Chapel Hill, Belmont, Mooresville, Garner, and finally on April 4 we emerged the champions after an extremely close race against Bessemer City. I would like to thank Bessemer City's Mayor Becky Smith for her kind words and congratulations after the contest was over. Every participating hometown showed such great community pride; we certainly are better as a state because of this contest.
Mike's photography skills certainly helped capture a stunning image that immediately stood out from the dozens of others. However I think the subject was the best part…our community enjoying what has become an annual tradition. I would be remiss if I did not thank our Tree Lighting sponsors—Carolinas Healthcare System and Uwharrie Bank, which make the event possible each year. The gathering of people, the warmth of the lights, the excitement of the fireworks…this image truly captures what High Performance Living is all about.
Of course, Christmas is not the only time of the year we get to have fun and excitement. In April, thousands of visitors came for several national events at the speedway. Starting with the Charlotte AutoFair, next came the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, and finally the Mustang Club of America's Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration
. What a unique experience for Concord and the surrounding area to host 50 years of classic cars and the enthusiasts who own them. Please click here to learn
about a special group who drove all the way from Concord, California! May brought the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600, and all the events surrounding the two weekends of racing.
The Hometown Showdown was a wonderful opportunity to share with our Tar Heel neighbors a glimpse of the quality of life we enjoy. This was a friendly competition for bragging rights, but winning is an example of what makes Concord so great: several organizations and thousands of people coming together to support something positive. It happens every day, whether it is pancakes in March or rubber ducks in June, and everything in between. Thank you to everyone who participated. We have so much to cheer about here; I can't wait for the next time we can do it together.