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Charlotte City Council District 5

Charlotte has a council-manager form of government with a mayor and 11 council members elected every two years in November, and a professional city manager to run the day-to-day operations. The mayor and four council members are elected at-large by a city-wide vote. Seven council members are elected from districts by voters who reside in each district.The Charlotte City Council responsibilities are: Police, Fire, Water and Sewer services for the entire County; Garbage, Transportation, Infrastructure, Zoning, Land Use, Planning and Economic Development for the City of Charlotte.
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    Matt Newton (Dem) Attorney

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Biographical Information

What is your experience, including your 3 most important political/civic accomplishments in the last 5 years?

What is your district's most pressing issue and what steps will you take in response to it?

The city has committed to adding 5,000 units of affordable housing in the next 3 years. What are your long term plans for adequate affordable housing?

As Charlotte keeps growing, what components of the city infrastructure most need attention? How would you address it?

How should the City support the Opportunity Task Force recommendations?

What plans do you have to improve public safety in Charlotte, beyond extra police officers?

What’s your position on subpoena power for the Citizen Review Board for police discipline that received complaints about police conduct? Why?

How can the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools improve their support of each other?

What should Charlotte be doing to attract new jobs, particularly for young people?

Position/philosophy statement The District 5 candidate with a proven track record of action and delivering results.
Current occupation Managing Partner of Newton & Arroyo, PLLC
Age 37
Campaign Phone (704) 992-7788
Campaign email mattnewtonfor5@gmail.com
I'm an attorney and small business owner. I co-founded Citizens Review Board reform, I'm the former Chair of the County Democratic Party, and I recently organized vital aid for Woodscape fire victims.
Economic prosperity. For 30 years, East Charlotte has not been a priority and our property values and schools have suffered. I have a comprehensive plan to fix this by developing Eastland and Independence, spurning job and transportation growth, and rebuilding our image.
Increase stock through preliminary rezoning/planning approvals tied to subsidies, amenities, and tax grants (TIGs) where necessary. As per the Opportunity Task Force report, workforce housing must also be evenly distributed to ensure workforce residents have access to jobs, transportation options, and good schools.
Neighborhood infrastructure and connectivity. Many communities lack fundamental amenities for safety and productivity, including lights, speed bumps, and street repair. Streamlining and enhancing city grant programs can help fix this. Additional budgetary funding for streetscape projects that emphasize connectivity, particularly across major thoroughfares, is also needed.
By taking an active role in education policy through city-county partnerships, funding school enrichment programs, and sound neighborhood planning. Also, by strengthening the family unit via living wage job growth, accessible and varied public transportation choices, and affordable housing options.
Provide first responders with competitive wages, productive community interaction/outlets, and adequate equipment. Community trust must also be restored through comprehensive screening and immersive training practices, minority officer recruitment, data collection procedures, public transparency, and accountability. These latter efforts must all be effectively communicated to the public at large.
I authored the 2013 report that started this conversation and support subpoena power. It would ensure the CRB has all the facts to make fully informed decisions and provide citizens the same protections officers receive with the Civil Service Board.
Through better communication and implementation of joint neighborhood planning/development projects. The city and county can also implement a joint committee on education policy that merges county policy-making with city funding, enrichment, and internship programs. It would also institute additional representation for school assignment on behalf of constituents.
Invest in future-forward industries that will be sourced by younger people. This includes local job placement programs and the creation of business incubators focusing on biotech, green energy, and robotic technologies. Business involvement can be encouraged through city subsidies and grants.

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