City Council Charlotte City CouncilCharlotte 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. City Council Charlotte City Council
I want to make sure Charlotte's growth creates opportunity for all of our residents.
I am currently the District 1 representative on Charlotte City Council and a sales person for RNDC.
It's been nearly two years since I was first elected by the amazing constituents of District 1, and the challenges we've faced since then have been immense. I've fought for more affordable housing, pushed for adaptive reuse projects to preserve our history while continuing development, championed green programs throughout the city, fought to have the Cross Charlotte Trail funded through our district, and stood up to protect women's reproductive rights. But I've also worked to get stop signs installed to protect pedestrians near Uptown, had petty fines for small businesses advertising on sandwich boards waived, and halted development projects that would've created more problems in our district's flood plains. We're moving the needle on the biggest issues, but I'm also working tirelessly to make sure the small things that matter get attention too.
Affordable housing, upward mobility, and transportation. We have made great strides on all three fronts but must continue to prioritize people's ability to live in a safe, affordable place, have a good-paying job, and be able to move around our city via safe, reliable transit options.
We have made large strides in the last two years through increasing the affordable housing trust fund bond amount, enlisting a match from private sector corporations, engaging LISC in housing and community building efforts, creating a strategy around preserving existing affordable housing units, and piloting the Aging in Place program to prevent displacement of low-income elderly homeowners. We must continue and accelerate these efforts to attack the housing affordability crisis
While we must continue to improve the obvious part of our city's infrastructure like streets and sidewalks, some of the most urgent needs in our community are things that are often out of sight. Charlotte's water and storm water infrastructure are woefully underfunded and insufficient for a city our size and that is experiencing the growth we are. One thing I've already done to address these specific issues is work with staff to create a new system for prioritizing improvements and repairs based on urgency and need, not simply how long something has been on the list. While more funding is needed for these types of infrastructure projects, we must always find ways to more efficiently and effectively use the dollars that are already allocated. We must also continue to find opportunities to partner with developers to incorporate needed infrastructure improvements into already occurring private construction projects.
The current Council is, but must continue, prioritizing filling vacancies in CMPD, increasing Crisis Intervention/Mental Health Awareness training, and educating young people (young men in particular) on conflict resolution. While the long-term solution to crime will be creating opportunity for everyone in our community through education and good jobs, we must also address the critical safety needs we face in the present.
As the co-chair of the City's Intergovernmental Relations committee, it has been a high priority of mine to increase the interaction and collaboration between the city and other governmental bodies. We have increased engagement between both staff and elected officials in these respective organizations and have already seen better outcomes simply through better communication.
The city has had a great deal of recent success in attracting companies and good-paying jobs to our community, which we will continue to pursue. Of equal importance are the efforts we undertake to make sure our citizens are trained to fill those jobs. The City of Charlotte has engaged many community organizations as partners in workforce training programs and has prioritized using local, small businesses for city contract opportunities. We must continue to offer career paths for the many folks who might choose not to attend a traditional four year college, we must continue to partner with and strengthen our amazing community college, CPCC, so it can keep providing affordable job training opportunities to our residents, and we must continue to be ahead of the curve in identifying the jobs of the future so our young people can be head of the curve in preparing for them.
I believe the issues this tax seeks to fund are all critically important in our community, but I would like to find a way to ensure these funds are guaranteed to be set aside for the purposes voters deem most critical and would not be subject to the whims of ever-changing elected bodies. I believe voters still need more information about the decision-making structure of how the revenue stream from this tax will be spent before they should feel comfortable considering a vote in favor of it.