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Pendergraph: Convention will be ‘huge stress’ on infrastructure

Former Mecklenburg County Sheriff Jim Pendergraph said he has some reservations about the announcement today that Charlotte will play host to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

“I think it’s going to be a huge stress on our infrastructure,” said Pendergraph, who is also a member of the county’s Board of Commissioners.

He said transportation around uptown will probably grind to a halt during the convention and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will probably have to work overtime to provide enough security.

The convention will definitely raise awareness about the city but it would take a crystal ball to know whether the attention will be positive or negative, he said.

“It depends on what happens while they’re here,” he said, adding that if there are incidents that embarrass the community, such as protests or marches, it might have a negative impact.

Caitlin Coakley can be reached at caitlin.coakley@mecktimes.com.

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