Our local government should focus on our local priorities
CEO & Co-Founder of a Financial Technology Company,, Leader of the Carolina Fintech Hub
Served as a City Council appointed member of the Business Advisory, Privatization & Competition, and Community Relations Committees, where I learned how to navigate city government to achieve results
I want to focus on the basics that make Charlotte a great place to live and operate a business: good roads and infrastructure, safe streets, low taxes, and a common-sense approach to regulation that allows the free market to thrive
Whenever government attempts to stand in the way of free market forces, short term goals are usually achieved at the expense of long term prosperity. There are additional things we can do and set goals around to combat this very real need - focusing on bringing more training, education and higher paying job opportunities
We need to make roads, and our aging infrastructure such as bridges, our top priority. Prioritizing our investments on solving for these fundamentals needs to come before we even consider projects like the trolley. I will place a laser focus on these top priorities.
It’s clear we have a lot of work ahead of us. I believe Fintech can have a material, long-term impact on solving these challenges. The great thing about these emerging technology jobs is not only are they high paying with 6 figure salaries, many of them do not require a 4 year degree.
We need to ensure we are properly funding CMPD – not just for the new officer hires they are requesting, but also for the proper equipment and training to make our city safe. We also need to seek out the many great neighborhood influencers doing great work in at-risk areas. Most importantly, we need to make sure our officers feel that we have their back. That they know they are appreciated.
Having served on the Community Relations Committee, I was updated regularly by the CRB and appreciate their work. Since this is not a formal judicial body, I tend to lean towards not supporting subpoena power, but am open to learning more
The city can play a very vital role in promoting the education system enhancements we need. Most importantly in that list is partnering with the private sector to bring training and internship opportunities into all of our schools. This is fundamental to the economic development mission of the city and our long term talent needs that will attract new companies and jobs to our city
I believe in a simple equation for driving economic growth. High-paying jobs attract innovators to our city. Access to top talent is what attracts companies to bring high paying jobs in our city. Low taxes, good roads, and safe streets is what makes top talent want to live in our city.
Board member for the Cape Fear Public Transit Authority in Wilmington, NC
Two bachelors degrees in Pure Math and Physics from UNCG, great to develop problem-solving and analytical skills
Traffic is the biggest concern in South Charlotte. I want to expand transit options throughout the city and get this city to build truly walkable neighborhoods connected by public transit. And parking is being forced upon people who cannot afford a car, which must stop now.
This is not enough. I want to work with developers across Charlotte to see what the city can do to encourage all multi-family and mixed-use development to include more affordable housing. And people who cannot afford a car are currently being forced to pay for parking, a practice that must end now.
I want to expand our rail network to connect more neighborhoods and encourage building truly walkable neighborhoods so owning a car can become optional. We need to build our neighborhoods for people, for walking and public transit instead of cars and empty parking lots. Only then will we be able to move more people without spending more on widening our roads and highways.
Expand affordable housing to every corner of the city and create walkability by building apartments above stores and restaurants to put their customers and workers at their doorsteps. Expand public transit. Invest in preschools for all and perhaps pay teens in low-income families to stay in school.
I want to review CMPD's recruitment process. If a community needs a new patrol officer, then I want CMPD to recruit from within that community first. When our officers are part of the communities the patrol, then they won't react to benign situations with inappropriate force and they'll know who the real criminals are instead of profiling everyone.
Our nation's police forces have become too militarized. Police should be protecting all citizens and be a friendly part of our communities and every day lives. We need someone watching the police to prevent excessive use of force and abuse of power.
This takes talking with each other, seeing common areas of concern and working together to face our shared challenges. I'm not a confrontational person and I always seek compromise to find solutions that will help all parties involved. Our city leadership needs more open discussion and compromise with other governing bodies. This is how we avoid another HB2 debacle.
Expand public transit (both rail and bus) to get people to work regardless of where they live. This also helps companies not have to spend money on massive parking decks or higher taxes on wider roads (e.g., the horror that is Ballantyne versus midtown Manhattan, what our Uptown should be like).
I will encourage tri-partisan solutions where the use of force is the last option, not the first.
I work for a consulting company on contract for a midsize bank in Charlotte.
1) CMS volunteer addressing student groups on economics 2) Organized party as new chair of LP to run candidates in 2017/8 elections 3) Supported my wife's efforts to install works of public art
The most pressing issue is public safety. The relations between the police and the communities they serve needs to be addressed. I believe in experimentation with technologies and clear lines of accountability for the police and the overseers of safety issues.
I won't undercut the local economy with restrictions on growth or artificial supply goals. I won't erect further barriers for consumers to purchase homes. There are some tools available to bolster affordability, such as stipends or vouchers. I am open to limited measures that are transparent and cost effective.
Congestion and alternative transportation methods would be my focus. I would address it by making sure that competitive rider systems have a chance to compete and offer more high tech and entrepreneurial coordination of travel plans.To be fair, a growing city creates challenges and current leadership appears to be doing admirably from the city consumer's standpoint, compared to other cities.
The Opportunity Task Force is an overwrought work with many good ideas but far too grand and complex for a city to implement. There doesn't seem to be any area of economic activity that the city can't claim an interest in fixing. I am opposed to it for its striking level of interventionism.
When trust breaks down, it has to be rebuilt. Crimes of violence and theft should continue to be the top priority, and lifestyle issues, in particular marijuana, should be low priority. The police need training in dealing with the social habits and cues of the people it patrols. The at-risk youth need similar education to best attune to the core tensions around encounters with the police.
In the research I have done on this topic, I found that there is very limited turnover in the police department. The subpoena power would not change that, therefore it sounds toothless. We need means of increasing competition in labor.
Any large scale operation like the school system need fairly clear lines of accountability in order to serve its customers. The education industry is no different and can benefit greatly by separating out and managing efficiently the tangible measures and routines. Both my children benefited from the dedication of concerned and persistent educators. Let teachers teach their passions.
The city should continue its focus on safe streets, infrastructure improvement, and sound business environment. But it should also support its soul with a bolder culture of music, theater, dance, visual arts and architecture. We cannot push out the people who challenge our tastes and habits with art