Charlotte City Council At-Large
Candidate's Questionnaire Answers:
How will you ensure LGBTQ+ people are fairly represented on advisory boards and commissions? Do you support the creation of an LGBTQ+ Liaison on staff to better communicate and represent LGBTQ+ issues within the City Manager's office?
I have successfully championed the inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community on our business advisory board and will continue to do this across other boards and commissions.
What will you do (or have you done) to address the affordable housing crisis that plagues Charlotte? What plans do you have to ensure Charlotte develops sustainably for future generations?
In my first term, I was proud to stand behind and pass a historic $50 million bond referendum. As one of the country's fastest-growing cities, affordable housing will continue to be a pressing issue, especially for our lower-income workforce. I will continue to advocate for expanding access to affordable housing for everyone.
What actions do you support (or have you supported) to ensure people's jobs pay a wage sufficient enough to live and thrive in Charlotte? What next steps and investments do you support to strengthen the Corridors of Opportunity?
We have successfully raised the minimum wage to $18/hr for all our city employees, which shows our long-term commitment to livable wages. We have renewed our commitment to Corridors of Opportunity with a $38.5 million financial investment and our commitment will not end here.
What specific actions do you support (or have you supported) to address the racial inequities and lack of economic mobility in Charlotte?
Since the mayor's racial equity initiative was announced we have partnered with the private sector to raise $250 million to tackle the digital divide, economic mobility, and entrepreneurship.
What actions do you support (or have you supported) to create a transportation network that provides people with efficient, affordable, and timely options to get around the city? What steps do you believe are necessary to address the inefficiencies and safety issues with CATS?
We need to first ensure that CATS is reliable, efficient, and safe. Once these core issues have been tackled we can truly address mobility issues in our city to be competitive in the 21st century.