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    Larken Egleston (Dem) Sales, Republic National Distributing Company

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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 I want to be the accountable, accessible, and engaged representative District 1 deserves.
Current occupation Sales, Republic National Distributing Company
Age 34
Campaign Phone (704) 519-7128
Campaign email Larken@VoteLarken.com
Twitter @Larken
Delegate, 2016 Democratic National Convention; State Executive Committee, North Carolina Democratic Party; Vice Chair, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission
Safe, affordable housing is the cornerstone of opportunity and if the city does not make it a priority, we will not be able to improve Charlotte's ranking of 50th out of 50 large U.S. cities in economic mobility.
City Council needs to work with developers and the real estate industry to re-evaluate the current incentives for inclusion of affordable housing in new construction projects. The current density bonus is not enough for local developers as none of have currently chosen to take advantage of it.
Our transportation system needs to be expanded and retooled to be more efficient. Our current ‘hub and spoke’ system causes many residents who live farther from Center City to have long commutes to get to their jobs, school, etc. Creating better connectivity in our current system while also expanding transit options will better tie people and neighborhoods to services and businesses.
The Opportunity Task Force report identified social capital as the 'secret sauce' of opportunity. With strong leadership, District 1 has the resources to create social capital between it's more affluent and less affluent neighborhoods through additional mentorship and youth employment programs.
I believe in taking officers out of cars when possible and allowing them to engage with the communities they're asked to protect and serve. Whether on foot or bike, giving officers the chance to have daily positive interactions with residents of a community will build a foundation of trust between citizens and law enforcement.

I am also working on a program to promote responsible gun ownership
I believe the CRB should have subpoena power for reviewing citizen complaints. I have completed the CMPD Citizens Academy (a requirement for CRB members) and would like to see officers and the community increase collaboration to find solutions.
Every decision any local elected body makes will inevitably impact the plans and efforts of the other elected boards, and yet there frequently seems to be little or no coordination in efforts. I believe there is not only room for, but a need for, better collaboration between elected officials at every level to increase effectiveness and positive outcomes.
Charlotte needs to increase the efficiency and consistency of its business regulations and permitting process. Many small business owners find the process of opening (and thereby creating jobs) far too difficult. We need to create an environment where small businesses can thrive.

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