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Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners District 3

The 9-member Board sets the policy for the county, determining the strategic vision for the county, appoints a county manager, attorney and others to serve the county. The Board's primary responsibilities are to adopt an annual budget, set a property tax rate and establish priorities to address the County's needs, especially in the areas of health, education, welfare and mental health. Six members are elected by districts and three are elected at-large every 4 years.

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    George Dunlap
    (Dem)

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    Friday Pual Okure
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What do you think makes you the best candidate for this office?

What is the most important issue the County Commission will have to address in the next two years?

What kinds of policies, if any, will you pursue to promote social and racial equality in the county?

How would you rate Mecklenburg’s public education system?

If you rated it below excellent, what proposals would you support to improve it?

Would you support an increase in the local supplement for teachers and staff, even if the state does not give one next year?

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Are there policies you believe can be enacted that would improve the economy of Mecklenburg in the next two years?

How would you rate the access to healthcare services your county is providing?

How would you rate the quality of healthcare services your county is providing?

If you rated them less than excellent, what can the commission do to improve things?

Age (optional) 64
Contact Phone (704) 942-6831
email address gdunlap1234@att.net
Twitter @voteDunlap
I grew up in this community. I attended schools in this community. I served this community as a Marine, a member of the National Guard, a Police Officer, a School Board member and now, twelve years as a County Commissioner. Along with having lived in this community for my entire life, I have prepared myself educationally by obtaining a Master's Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice: both from UNCC. I earned a AA Degree in both Applied Science in Law Enforcement and a AA Degree in Correction Science from CPCC. Additionally, I am a graduate from a number of leadership programs. Collectively, my education and experiences not only makes me the best candidate, but also the most qualified candidate for the position of County Commission, District 3. I am ready to serve on day one.
There are a number of important issues that the Commission must address beginning with Economic Development. Getting our economy up and going again will be critically important to our community. We will need to help attract business to our community that will help create jobs and put people back to work. The challenges facing our educational system due to the epidemic will need to be addressed. One of the things that the pandemic has done was to shine a light on the digital divide that exist in our community. We have over 16,000 school students who have still not been connected to the intern. Affordable housing will become more of an issue, as well as addressing health disparities.
Currently, a priority of the County Commission is to end racial disparities. The county will continue to review its policies and procedures to ensure that we eliminate any policies that adversely impact staff and or community members because of race and or ethnicity. We will eliminate barriers to employment and job opportunities, health disparities, business opportunities. Because we know that having access to capital creates a wealth divide, opportunities for funding will be made available to eliminate the funding gap.
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The community did not elect Commissioners to tell the school board members, whom they also elect; how to do their jobs, however, because the County provides funding to the school district to the tune of over 540,000,000 (Five-hundred forty million dollars) The county does have leverage. I would much rather support the efforts put forth by those entrusted to do the job of the school board.
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For the last three years, the county has increased the salaries of teachers over and above the state salaries by three percent, making CMS teachers the highest paid teachers in the state of North Carolina. This year, the County saw that no CMS staff person would make less than an affordable wage of $15.00 per hour. More than 2,000 CMS staff benefited from this increase. The community is now looking for the results of its investment.
A number of things are currently taking place that I feel will improve the economy. The county is offering grant to both large and small businesses in the community. We are providing incentives to businesses that relocate to Mecklenburg county and provide job opportunities. We are providing housing for the chronically homeless, as well as rental subsidies to those who have challenges paying rent, and we provide tax relief to aging homeowners to ensure that they can pay their taxes. These as well as other initiates has allowed most businesses to survive and some new businesses to open even during a pandemic.
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The pandemic has shed light on the health disparities that exist in our community. After a study, The County Commission must develop a plan to address the issues and then allocate the funding to address these issues during its next funding cycle.
Age (optional) 50
Contact Phone (704) 458-2909
email address fpjokure5@gmail.com
Position/philosophy statement An Inclusive County Commission means that your voices will be held and your values observed.
I am well familiar with the needs of my constituents because I live here. I am not a career politician but among the 90 percentile of the district voters, a father to three current CMS students, and with an hourly paid job like many in District 3. Also, I am ready and willing to listen to their voices, consider their values, and include them in policy decisions.
Balancing the current budget/ economic recovery. Investment on our community health system. Solutions to Racial Inequality. Gentrification, affordable housing, and taxes.
Sustainable business innovations and expansion to poverty stricken communities within the county. Business grants and loans accessibility to Blacks and other minority groups (Police Reform). Crime prevention and reduction.
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Equipping our schools, administrators, and students for global learning. A three-five years Teacher Lottery Assignment. Also, CMS needs administrators, teachers, parents, and students representation for curriculum adaptation.
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Because our school system is larger, the state would barely satisfy our needs. I will support a proactive measures that every teacher and staff within CMS knows his/her incentives for the next five years. Our teachers and staff need a standardized and unified CMS and compititive pay.
Yes, I will propose a policy that: 1) lower taxes, 2) make gentrification house-for-house, instead of house-for-cash, 3) Examine current homelessness and obtain experts’ 5, 10, and 20 years projection, 4) Negotiate with reliable developers and spread affordable housing across the districts, where those who qualified can afford other physical and social needs around them. 5). I will support incentives for business innovations and expansion to poverty stricken communities within the county, and 6) Youth apprentiship program for our high school graduates and dropouts.
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First, I will work with my fellow commissioners to bring a lasting solution to this COVID-19 pandemic and its cousins. I will propose soliciting medical and scientific experts, and consulting with community leaders experiential needs and inputs, and and enact policies reflecting such consensus. I will be humbled to initiate and/ or support a proactive health policies both for our residents and businesses. Also, I will engage the faith community to pray for our country, state, and county for the heath and healing of our land and for godly governance.