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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

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?

What are your ideas for addressing adequate affordable housing? How will you work with NCGA to obtain adequate funding to finance your objectives?

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

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

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 and those with less than a college degree?

Will you urge your supporters/constituents to support or reject the proposed 0.25% sales tax increase? Why?

Position/philosophy statement I'm running for re-election to keep making a difference for the residents of East Charlotte.
Current occupation Attorney
Age 39
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Campaign Phone (980) 259-9107
District 5 Councilmember for one term. I secured a joint team for Eastland redevelopment, rescued the Hickory Grove 4th of July Parade, and led the effort to amend the Citizens Review Board ordinance.
Eastland redevelopment. Over my first term, more progress has been made than ever before (with a $250,000 preliminary investment). Soon, all site partners (sports, retail, residential) will be finalized and a financial plan will be presented to City Council for approval.
The City must emphasize preservation efforts more and cut costs by leading the process (rather than allowing developers to dictate it). It can purchase land that meets our goals and offset the price to developers selected by blind bid. Savings can then be rolled over to match/supplement 9% NCHFA deals from Raleigh.
Development is rapidly occurring further away from our City core and taxing our limited and aging infrastructure. As a result, the City will be forced to expand public transit (and sidewalks), water, and our power grid, which is economically unsustainable over time. To combat this, it is crucial that the UDO (promoting smart population and amenity dense growth) be expedited and passed.
The City must collaborate with County, Judicial, and nonprofit partners to cultivate alternatives to crime. This would include after school initiatives and dispute resolution programming. The City must also continue to bridge the community/law enforcement divide by promoting more positive community interactions with CMPD, supporting community watch efforts, and improving CMPD minority recruitment.
A joint committee, comprised of elected officials and staff members, would be helpful. This would allow for updates on the most pressing issues facing each government body that could then be reported back for informational and collaborative purposes. For City Council, it would be immensely helpful in understanding the full scope of our rezoning decisions and full potential of our major projects.
The City should continue to promote tech and renewable/circular economy jobs while identifying workforce development agencies that it can financially partner with. Tying in our high schools and CPCC is a must and broadening the scope of business grants to incentivize living wage jobs will also help.
I don't know because I haven't decided myself. On one hand, I believe the arts are an integral part of every great city and would hate to see them decline in Charlotte. I also like that revenues will go towards paying our teachers more competitive salaries and will stabilize ASC funding, which should free up millions of dollars in the City's budget. On the other hand, the tax could constitute an unacceptable burden on Charlotte's most vulnerable residents who we should be helping, not hurting. I've got a lot to consider on this and so does everyone else. It's a good thing we have until November to decide.