Charlotte City Council District 6
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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Sam Grundman (Dem)
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?
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).
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