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.
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.