Warren F. Turner - Charlotte City Council District 3
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 can't ensure that any applicant will be seated on any board or commission. However, what I can ensure is that any applicant from your organization would be considered fairly as any other applicant. In reference to the second question, I would be open to hearing more dialogue.
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?
My view is that we have made great strides over the years but much more work is needed to address this crisis. This year City Council provided $50M to help with more affordable housing. I would continue to support private public partnerships to build more affordable housing. We should have more discussion regarding inclusionary zoning for affordable housing with market rate subdivisions and multi-family communities.
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?
During my eight years on City Council, I supported a living wage for all City of Charlotte employees. It is important that we continue to improve on this very issue since most city employees are unable to afford to live in the city for which they work.
What specific actions do you support (or have you supported) to address the racial inequities and lack of economic mobility in Charlotte?
This is a very broad subject and is a question that deserves a lot more attention.
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?
I was directly involved in the construction of the first 9.2 miles of the city light rail system as well as seeking funding for the north leg which is known as the gold line to the University area and UNC-Charlotte. Additionally, I also supported funding for building the streetcar line. It is my opinion that we should also look at more business commuter buses that would service business districts throughout the city that would not be required to go uptown and would run more frequently.