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Voter Guide Mecklenburg County NC Election 2022

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VOTER GUIDE

U.S. House – District 12

Alma S. Adams

Alma S. Adams

Party: Democrat

Background: I received my bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Art Education from N.C. A&T State University and took my Ph.D. in Art Education and Multicultural Education from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. I also served 4 terms in Congress.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: For me there are four necessities that all people require to live a quality life – affordable and accessible healthcare, access to healthy and nutritious food, fair and affordable housing, and a quality, first-class education. Improving these priorities impacts the quality of life for all NC.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

  1. What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on gun ownership: The steps I would take and plan on taking to address the new restrictions on gun ownership would be, but not limited to: Ban assault rifles, Pass Gun Safety legislation.
  2. What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on abortion access: I believe it’s the woman’s right to privacy and to choose what she needs to do with her body medically. Reproductive issues are medical issues and they should be kept private between a woman and her doctor.
  3. What specific steps would you take to address economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods: Specific steps to address economic stress would be to pass the Lower Food And Fuel Costs Act, Ocean Shipping Reform Act, which will further decrease the cost of getting goods to the market and pass the Inflation Reduction Act. Passing these bills will reduce economic stress.

Website: AlmaAdamsForCongress.com

Tyler Lee

Tyler Lee

Party: Republican

no response from candidate

U.S. House – District 14

Pat Harrigan

Pat Harrigan

Party: Republican

no response from candidate

Jeff Jackson

Jeff Jackson

Party: Democrat

Background: Four-term state Senator, Army National Guard (Major), Veteran of Afghanistan, Attorney

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: My first bill in the state Senate eight years ago was to end gerrymandering. I still believe this deserves to be a top priority and would sponsor legislation to provide for independent redistricting. I have also been a longtime champion for early childhood education and health care expansion.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

Option 2 – What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on abortion access: I support the codification of the rights to reproductive freedom recently overturned by the Supreme Court. Revoking a fundamental right that has existed for fifty years was wrong and it created an urgent need to pass federal legislation that will provide for that right (and let’s pass the ERA).

Website: JeffJacksonNC.com

NC STATE SENATE DISTRICT 37

Vickie Sawyer

Vickie Sawyer

Party: Republican

candidate is unopposed

NC STATE SENATE DISTRICT 38

Mujtaba A. Mohammed

Mujtaba A. Mohammed

Party: Democrat

Background: I am a public school graduate, public advocate, and state senator working to improve outcomes and possibilities for North Carolina families. I know firsthand the role that a strong public education system can play in the communities we love and serve.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Justice Reform and Access to affordable and quality healthcare and education. These three priorities will impact every North Carolinian in a positive way and strengthen both families and communities.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

Option 3 – What specific steps would you take to address economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods: This session, I filed legislation to remove sales taxes on a series of items found in grocery and convenience stores. I also sponsored legislation to restore tax-free weekend. I believe we’re well past the time for a significant minimum wage increase, expanded Medicaid, and a stronger risk pool.

Website: MohammedNC.com

NC STATE SENATE DISTRICT 39

Mark Robeson

Mark Robeson

Party: Republican

no response from candidate

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DeAndrea Salvador

Party: Democrat

Background: Nonprofit founder, entrepreneur, and TED Fellow. Served: Air Quality Commission. Proven results for working with the Charlotte community to drive solutions. Due to space constraints, please visit my website for more information: salvadorfornc.com

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: My priorities remain the same to improve the quality of life for North Carolinians. I am working to ensure that my constituents can live safe and fulfilling lives supported by sound and reasonable policy decisions, from addressing economic security to healthcare to the environment and beyond.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

Option 2 – What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on abortion access: Roe v. Wade had been a settled law for nearly 50 years. And now, across the country, the right to privacy and reproductive freedom is under threat. This is why I co-sponsored Senate Bill 888, which seeks to codify the rights found in Roe v. Wade into state law.

Website: SalvadorForNC.com

NC STATE SENATE DISTRICT 40

Bobbie Shields

Bobbie Shields

Party: Republican

Background: Bobbie Shields is a lifetime resident in North Carolina with more than thirty years of public service. He is a good listener and brings a balanced approach to governance.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: My top three priorities are economic development, education and public infrastructure. Those three broad categories affect everyone’s quality of life.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

Option 3 – What specific steps would you take to address economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods: Everyone should have food, clothing and shelter along with individual effort to achieve them. I would support allocating public resources to provide for indigent care. By focusing on my top three priorities (ED, education and infrastructure), economic stress can be reduced for everyone.

Website: VoteBobbieShields.com

Joyce Waddell

Joyce Waddell

Party: Democrat

Background: Over 30 years of educational background from Teacher to Administrator, Community College educator, and almost 8 years of Senatorial experience.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Affordable housing prices, Increase in educator pay, and increase in cost of living increase for aging population.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

Option 3 – What specific steps would you take to address economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods: I would push to increase minimum wage as well as lowering the gas tax and use some of the overages in our general fund.

Website: JoyceWaddell4NC.com

NC STATE SENATE DISTRICT 41

Bonni Leone

Party: Republican

no response from candidate

Natasha Marcus

Natasha Marcus

Party: Democrat

Background: I am currently in my second term in the NC Senate. Prior to my time in the NCGA, I worked at a non-profit community center, practiced litigation at a private law firm, and was a clerk for a federal judge. I was also a community volunteer.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:

  1. Fund public education so that all children get a good start in life regardless of zip code.
  2. Protect our rights to free and fair elections, so that Americans know our democracy is still functioning.
  3. Defend our rights to marry who we love & seek healthcare that we need (including abortion)

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

Option 2 – What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on abortion access: I filed SB888 to codify the protections of Roe and Casey in NC to maintain the status quo on abortion access in NC. I will fight attempts by NC Republicans to restrict abortion access. I will also continue to expose the fake clinics that use state funds to lie to women – “Crisis Pregnancy Centers.”

Website: NatashaMarcus.com

NC STATE SENATE DISTRICT 42

Rachel Hunt

Rachel Hunt

Party: Democrat

Background: I grew up as the daughter of a teacher and former Governor, and it was from them that I learned the value of public service. As a state representative, I’ve earned the reputation as an advocate for schools, health care, the environment, and economy.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: I am running as an advocate for common-sense solutions to issues facing our public schools, local economy, and environment. I believe that these priorities will benefit the lives of North Carolinians and the constituents of Senate District 42.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

Option 2 – What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on abortion access: As a pro-choice advocate, I will support and sponsor legislation that will help keep abortion legal in North Carolina. Additionally, I plan to help maintain Governor Cooper’s veto to prevent abortion restrictions from passing and becoming law.

Website: RachelHunt.com

Cheryl Russo

Cheryl Russo

Party: Republican

no response from candidate

NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 88

Anne Marie Peacock

Anne Marie Peacock

Party: Republican

Background: I retired at the rank of Major after 22 ½ years in the Army, which included both active duty and National Guard service. My civilian career has been in communications and public relations. I am an Iraq combat veteran, and earned a Bronze Star.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Inflation – Families are struggling to pay for food, housing, and gas, and controlling inflation will improve the quality of life for all citizens. Education – Schools must use proven teaching methods to educate children. Crime & Law Enforcement – Fight crime with honest and transparent policing.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

Option 3 – What specific steps would you take to address economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods: I will fight to curb inflation by freeing our small businesses from burdensome regulations, help grow our state economy by supporting balanced state budgets and reforms to poor-performing state programs. I will work to lower energy prices by seeking energy from any safe and readily available source.

Website: Vote4Peacock.com

Mary Belk

Mary Belk

Party: Democrat

Background: I’m a retired small business owner and mother of four who got into politics through activism. My experiences leading our PTA, being a community association board member, and organizing local Democrats have made me an effective legislator since 2017.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Medicaid Expansion will expand access to healthcare and provide financial lifelines to community clinics and rural healthcare providers. Investments in 21st century mass transportation and power networks provide good jobs now and reduce negative impacts from climate change later.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

Option 2 – What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on abortion access: I don’t see a role for the government in determining what a woman should do to address any medical issue she might have, or whether or not she wants to have a child. I oppose any efforts to substitute the judgement of politicians for that of a woman in consultation with her medical professionals.

Website: MaryBelk.com

NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 92

Mario J. Robinson, Sr.

Party: Republican

no response from candidate

Terry Brown

Terry Brown

Party: Democrat

Background: I currently serve North Carolina in the House of Representatives as the Chair of the House Freshman Democratic Caucus. I am a civil litigation attorney who has advocated for justice and housing reforms.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Access to Mental Health treatment and support for our small businesses. Our State should prioritize not just our residents physical health but our mental health as well. Our small businesses employ over half of our State’s workforce and we must give them the tools and incentives needed to thrive.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

Option 1 – What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on gun ownership: I am actively working to strengthen requirements regarding gun storage in North Carolina. We need to ensure that everyone who owns a gun does so legally and ensures that any firearms are kept secure and out of reach of children and prevented from being stolen and used for crime.

Website: VoteTerryBrown.com

NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 98

Christy Clark

Christy Clark

Party: Democrat

Background: I worked as intellectual property and corporate paralegal at a law firm I founded with my husband. I was a long-time volunteer leader with Moms Demand Action. I served in the NCGA from 2019-2020 and am now working as an educator in a public school.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Three of my priorities are passing stronger gun safety laws, protecting access to safe legal abortions and fully funding public schools.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

Option 1 – What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on gun ownership: I sponsored legislation that would require a background check and permit for both pistols and long guns. I also advocate for extreme risk protection orders. Stolen guns are a major source of guns used in crime. NC needs to strengthen our safe storage laws.

Website: facebook.com/christyclarknc

John R. Bradford III

John R. Bradford III

Party: Republican

Background: I am a small business owner that has created hundreds of jobs. I am also a father & husband. As Senior Finance Chairman, I have the responsibility to guide our state’s tax policies to help families & reduce burdensome regulations for businesses.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: I have been, and will continue to be, a champion of tax reform to allow working families to keep more money. I have reformed NC regulations to help businesses solve the supply-chain issues driving inflationary costs for consumers. I have voted for teacher raises every year I have served.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

Option 3 – What specific steps would you take to address economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods: Continue our efforts of tax reform & tax reduction to allow working families to keep more money. Individuals can decide how to spend their hard-earned money better than big government. Regulation reform can help solve the supply-chain issues driving inflationary costs for consumers like gas & food.

Website: ElectBradford.com

NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 99

Nasif Majeed

Nasif Majeed

Party: Democrat

Background: Charlotte City Council. Burger King franchisee. USAF Captain/decorated B-52 Combat Pilot, Aircraft Commander/120 combat missions/North Vietnam. Piedmont Airlines Pilot. Charlotte Planning Commission, Housing Authority & Governor’s Education Com.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Medicaid expansion, impacting public health, and raising teacher pay to the national average, impacting the quality of education in NC.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

  1. What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on gun ownership: I will support legislation to stop the sale of military style assault weapons.
  2. What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on abortion access: Support Pro Choice legislation.
  3. What specific steps would you take to address economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods: The legislature could temporarily lower the NC sales tax and I would support that.

Website: MajeedNC.com

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson

Party: Republican

Background: Michael is a practicing attorney at a technology company and civil rights advocate.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:

  1. Community Safety – crime is rising in District 99. We need an effective advocate for funding and training resources in Raleigh.
  2. Education – CMS currently has 40% of 144,000 students at grade level. We need school choice and trade schools for those who the system is failing.
  3. Lower taxes.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

Option 1 – What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on gun ownership: Proper enforcement of laws is very important. Various law enforcement agencies do not share information about records of known and potential gun offenders, but rather keep certain records sealed. I would introduce legislation that facilitates proper sharing of information between agencies.

Website: Anderson4NC.com

NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 100

John Autry

John Autry

Party: Democrat

Background: Seeking my 4th term in the Legislature, previously elected to 3 terms on the Charlotte City Council.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Protecting our Natural Environment, Securing our Democratic Institutions, Expanding Health Care and Mental Health opportunities for NC.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

  1. What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on gun ownership: Secure a new majority/Ban assault weapons/raise the age to purchase to 21/Enact and implement Extreme Risk Protection Orders.
  2. What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on abortion access: Secure a new majority/Codify Roe in NC with passage of HB-1119.
  3. What specific steps would you take to address economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods: RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE/Restore the Earned Income Tax Credit/Expand Health Care Opportunities/Implement Child Care Tax Credits/Free School Breakfast & Lunch/Free Public Transportation/Restore State Housing Tax Credit.

Website: JohnAutry.com

NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 101

Carolyn G. Logan

Carolyn G. Logan

Party: Democrat

Background: I served with The North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 30 years of L.E. service. I worked seven years as an Incident Management Coordinator for NCDOT. Graduated from Belmont Abbey College, 2017. Member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:

  1. To get Medicaid Expansion passed for North Carolinians.
  2. Give women a stronger voice in North Carolina, equal treatment in the workplace, paid parental leave, equal pay for equal work for all.
  3. I’m going to continue the fight for our State Employees and a decent COLA for our State Retirees.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

Option 1 – What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on gun ownership: Ownership for a firearm should be age 21, parents need to be responsible for their firearms, just as they are responsible for their vehicles. I support background checks, red flag laws, and classes to instruct gun owners on the NC Use of Force Laws and gun safety.

Website: CarolynLoganNC.com

Steve Mauney

Party: Republican

no response from candidate

NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 102

Becky Carney

Becky Carney

Party: Democrat

Background: Three terms Mecklenburg County At Large, Ten terms NC State House Representative.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Transportation, Education, and Health Care for All.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

Option 2 – What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on abortion access: I would support the Governor by sustaining his veto on any bill that seeks to deny a women’s right to her own health care and family planning decisions.

Website: BeckyCarney.com

Cynthia Eleanor Clementi

Cynthia Eleanor Clementi

Party: Republican

Background: I raised 3 sons who are all hard working, smart wonderful men!

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Safety. I was assaulted last July uptown at 6 pm by a homeless woman.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

  1. What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on gun ownership: Bad people can always get guns, good people need to have guns protect themselves.
  2. What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on abortion access: I’m Pro Life. The morning after pill is at almost every pharmacy and so are condoms.
  3. What specific steps would you take to address economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods: Vote in Republicans! Work to get rid of this administration.

Website: no response from candidate

NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 103

Bill Brawley

Party: Republican

no response from candidate

Laura Budd

Laura Budd

Party: Democrat

Background: Ohio Unv. 1999; Wake Law J.D. 2002; Partner, Weaver Budd Law. Pres. Matthews Athletic Rec. Assoc.; Mbr. Mecklenburg County Bar BOD; Mbr. Matthews Chamber of Commerce, and Women in the Profession, NC Bar Assoc.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:

  1. Public safety: Reasonable gun laws and increase police funding. Strengthening housing and food security, strong afterschool/summer programs, and vocational training to reduce the school to prison pipeline.
  2. Families: Pass a minimum wage of $15 law, paid parental leave, and Medicaid expansion.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

Option 2 – What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on abortion access: Codification of Roe v. Wade to affirm a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions without interference from government. The decision to have a child is between a woman and her doctor. To limit a woman’s control of her body is to treat her as less than a full citizen under the Constitution.

Website: ElectLauraBudd.com

NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 104

Brandon Lofton

Brandon Lofton

Party: Democrat

Background: I am serving my second term. I have sponsored several bipartisan bills to increase support for North Carolina schools, families and businesses. I am a public finance attorney and a former civil rights lawyer. My wife, Kellie, and I have two boys.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: My top three priorities are to increase funding for public schools, expand Medicaid and end gerrymandering. Investing in schools will help increase opportunities for our children. Expanding Medicaid will help more people afford healthcare. Ending gerrymandering will help protect our democracy.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

Option 3 – What specific steps would you take to address economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods: This session, I sponsored the NC Working Families Act, the Child Tax Credit and the Increase Funding for Childcare Subsidy Act in order to help North Carolina families grappling with rising costs. If reelected, I will continue to push for legislation that helps North Carolina families.

Website: LoftonForNC.com

Don Pomeroy

Don Pomeroy

Party: Republican

no response from candidate

NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 105

Wesley Harris

Wesley Harris

Party: Democrat

Background: I am the only PhD Economist in the entire State Legislature. I have served as an Economic Consultant in the private sector as well as an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer at UNC Charlotte and the University of South Carolina.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: My top priorities are ensuring everyone has the opportunity to succeed and thrive in our state. This means investing in Quality education, smart infrastructure, affordable healthcare and protecting reproductive rights in North Carolina.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

Option 2 – What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on abortion access: Abortion access must be protected. This is decision between a woman, her family, and their doctor, not the Government. Across the board restrictions endanger the life and health of women across the state. I will stand up to these restrictions and do what I can to ensure they do not pass.

Website: HarrisForNC.com

Joshua Niday

Joshua Niday

Party: Republican

Background: Degree: BS political science UNC Charlotte, 2016; Background: licensed in Health insurance, works with Medicare population.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:

  1. Economy and inflation;
  2. Education. CMS students are not reading at grade level. This must change.
  3. Healthcare. We must find solutions to better and more affordable healthcare, including for pregnant and postpartum mothers.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

Option 3 – What specific steps would you take to address economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods: On the state level I will support lower regulations, reduce spending, find ways to make it easier for people to start their own businesses, lower taxes to help reduce costs, encourage more domestic good and food production in North Carolina and fight to bring better paying jobs to North Carolina.

Website: ElectNiday.com

NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 106

Carla Cunningham

Carla Cunningham

Party: Democrat

Background: Licensed Practical Nurse 1981, Associate Applied Science degree 1996, Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2009. Over 35 years of experience in the Nursing Profession in multiple specialties. Currently, serve as Vice-chair of Health Committee.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:

  1. Healthcare Access and Affordability – NC has over 600,000 people in NC that fall within the healthcare coverage gap. We can do better by Expanding Medicaid.
  2. Education and School Safety – Improve Public School Teacher Pay, add school support staff (Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, and Counselors).

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

  1. What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on gun ownership: North Carolina gun ownership laws remain unchanged even though new Federal law passed this year. An 18-year-old can purchase a gun in NC. A person must be 21 years old to purchase and carry a concealed handgun with a permit in NC.
  2. What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on abortion access: Currently, NC laws have not changed regarding abortion. NC legally still allows access to abortion care up until fetal viability which falls between 24 and 26 weeks of pregnancy.
  3. What specific steps would you take to address economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods: Inflation Relief Stimulus Payments would assist with high prices for gas and groceries at the federal level. NC could implement a Gas Tax Rebate or Fuel Tax Refund which would assist with increased gas prices. Energy and food prices are intertwined with each other.

Website: CarlaCunninghamNCHouse.com

Karen Henning

Party: Republican

no response from candidate

NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 107

Mark Alan Cook

Mark Alan Cook

Party: Republican

Background: Army Colonel (Retired) with five overseas deployments and North Carolina Professional Engineer working in the Charlotte area solving transportation problems.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Proponent of:

  1. Convention of States to reduce spending and corruption of the Federal Government.
  2. Same day elections for voting and results requiring valid identification and using up to date registration.
  3. Ending the existing I-77 Express Lane with the least financial impact to drivers.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

  1. What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on gun ownership: Vote No on any new restrictions for law abiding and mentally sound citizens to own guns.
  2. What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on abortion access: Do not require tax payers to fund abortions and advise future moms to have counselling on the benefits and options of giving birth to their child. Stop the abuse of repeat abortions involving the same individual, and promote contraception over abortion.
  3. What specific steps would you take to address economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods: Reduce the size and scope of the state and federal government that competes with the free market system. Due to the lack of productivity of today’s manufacturing, we have too much government money chasing too few of goods that are not being produced by businesses and workers.

Website: MarkAlanCook.org

Kelly Alexander

Kelly Alexander

Party: Democrat

Background: Involved with GOTV since the age of 9, with the NAACP; I have worked in various political campaigns starting with Terry Sanford’s & Gary Hart’s bids for the Democratic presidential nomination; elected to legislature in 2008.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:

  1. Legalization of medical marijuana;
  2. Expand Medicaid;
  3. Expungement of low-level marijuana convictions…these measures will lower medical costs and help citizens convicted of simple possession of small quantities of marijuana regain full citizenship rights.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (new restrictions on gun ownership; OR new restrictions on abortion access; OR economic stress from higher prices for gas, groceries and other goods):

Option 1 – What specific steps would you take to address new restrictions on gun ownership: Require all gun owners to keep their firearms secured using a trigger lock or gun safe; encourage the use of “smart gun” technology by law enforcement; remove the liability exemption for firearm manufactures.

Website: none submitted by candidate

NC HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 112

Tricia Cotham

Party: Democrat

no response from candidate

Tony Long

Party: Republican

no response from candidate

NC SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 26A SEAT 01

Donald Cureton, Jr.

Donald Cureton, Jr.

Party: Democrat

Background: I have been a district court judge since January 2011 and a licensed attorney since March 2004. As a judge I have presided over all district court matters: family, juvenile, criminal, and civil. I am state certified in juvenile law.

Please share your personal statement about why you want to serve on this court: Superior court judges preside over criminal felonies and serious civil disputes. I enjoy handling jury trials and analyzing complex legal issues common to superior court. Also, I believe my level of experience, professionalism, and judicial temperament will be an asset at the superior court level.

What, if anything, should be added to the NC Code of Judicial Conduct regarding recusal and/or political activity of judges? The Judicial Conduct Code gives judges self-regulating discretion in determining when to recuse ourselves from a case. It may be a recommendation to utilize an independent impartial body of legal professionals to resolve strongly contested issues regarding judicial recusal.

Website: JudgeCureton.com

Paulina N. Havelka

Paulina N. Havelka

Party: Republican

Background: In 1997, I was deputized as a Criminal Courtroom Clerk in Mecklenburg County. In 2004, as a divorced mother of two, I graduated from Appalachian School of Law and opened my own practice. Since 2019, I have served as a District Court Judge.

Please share your personal statement about why you want to serve on this court: I immigrated to the US in 1986 from Poland. I moved to NC in 1988. NC is my home. I have worked in the judicial system since 1997. I am currently serving as a Lead District Court Civil Judge in Mecklenburg County. I preside over jury trials in civil court just as I will in Superior Court.

What, if anything, should be added to the NC Code of Judicial Conduct regarding recusal and/or political activity of judges? I believe the rules regarding recusal are clear as for political activity, it is my job to administer the law that is written not make law based on my political affiliation and/or beliefs.

Website: PaulinaForJudge.com

NC SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 26B SEAT 01

Matt Osman

Matt Osman

Party: Republican

Background: I have served for 12 years as a District Court Judge. Previously, I served as a Navy JAG, working as a prosecutor and defense attorney while stationed in the US and overseas. After the Navy, I worked as an assistant district attorney.

Please share your personal statement about why you want to serve on this court: Charlotte needs judges committed to upholding the laws that protect our citizens and families. After 3 terms as a District Court Judge, I am running for Superior Court 26B to continue my service and I have the judicial experience, knowledge and temperament to be an effective and fair judge.

What, if anything, should be added to the NC Code of Judicial Conduct regarding recusal and/or political activity of judges? I believe that, per Judicial Standards, it is improper to answer this question. My personal beliefs should have no influence in my role as a judge. My job is to follow and apply the law as it is written, not to legislate from the bench.

Website: JudgeMattOsman.com

Kimberly Best


Kimberly Best

Party: Democrat

Background: Licensed Attorney for 24 years, service as a District Court Judge for 13 years and now a Superior Court Judge, I have a wealth of experience having served in every courtroom possible as a Judge and as a Criminal Magistrate.

Please share your personal statement about why you want to serve on this court: I am blessed to have lived in and served Mecklenburg County as an Attorney, Magistrate, Spanish teacher, District Court Judge and now as a Superior Court Judge. I want to continue to administer justice fairly, impartially, and equitably and my experience in every courtroom ensures I am qualified.

What, if anything, should be added to the NC Code of Judicial Conduct regarding recusal and/or political activity of judges? A Judge should not speak in opposition of or in support of a candidate, only themselves. There are some Judges who follow this rule and some who do not because our Cannons allow flexibility if you’re a candidate. Florida Judicial Cannon 7 is ideal.

Website: Best4Judge.com

NC SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 26D SEAT 01

David H. Strickland

Party: Democrat

candidate is unopposed

NC SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 26E SEAT 01

Reggie E. McKnight

Party: Democrat

candidate is unopposed

NC SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 26G SEAT 01

Carla N. Archie

Party: Democrat

candidate is unopposed

NC DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 26 SEAT 13

Roderick G. Davis

Party: Democrat

candidate is unopposed

NC DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 26 SEAT 14

Alyssa M. Levine

Alyssa M. Levine

Party: Democrat

Background: Third-generation attorney. Regularly in district court. Skilled in conflict resolution as trained collaborative attorney, parenting coordinator, certified Family Financial Mediator. Leader and volunteer attorney for local & statewide organizations.

Please share your personal statement about why you want to serve on this court: Judges play a huge role in people’s everyday lives. I am running for district court judge because I want to give back to our community by helping all people in Mecklenburg County move through our court system with respect and compassion.

What, if anything, should be added to the NC Code of Judicial Conduct regarding recusal and/or political activity of judges? no response from candidate

Website: AlyssaLevineForJudge.com

NC DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 26 SEAT 15

Jennifer Fleet

Jennifer Fleet

Party: Democrat

Background: I have nearly 25 years of experience working with families in all aspects of the legal system; as a Guardian ad Litem, a DSS caseworker, and an attorney. I bring all of my experience into the courtroom.

Please share your personal statement about why you want to serve on this court: no response from candidate

What, if anything, should be added to the NC Code of Judicial Conduct regarding recusal and/or political activity of judges? Judges should always be non-partisan. It is the appearance of conflict which undermines the integrity of the court. If a judge has taken a public political stance then that judge should not rule on a related case or issue.

Website: JenniferFleetForJudge.com

NC DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 26 SEAT 16

Matt Newton

Party: Democrat

candidate is unopposed

NC DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 26 SEAT 17

Paige McThenia

Party: Democrat

candidate is unopposed

NC DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 26 SEAT 18

Cecilia Oseguera

Cecilia Oseguera

Party: Democrat

Background: I have over 20 years of litigation experience in both state and federal courts. I presently serve as a District Court Judge.

Please share your personal statement about why you want to serve on this court: I have served the public for 20 years. I am committed to impartiality and fairness.

What, if anything, should be added to the NC Code of Judicial Conduct regarding recusal and/or political activity of judges? no response from candidate

Website: OsegueraForJudge.com

NC DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 26 SEAT 19

Samantha C. Mobley

Samantha C. Mobley

Party: Democrat

Background: I have served as a magistrate, presiding over thousands of cases in both civil and criminal court over the last eight years. I am licensed to practice law in North Carolina and the District of Columbia.

Please share your personal statement about why you want to serve on this court: I grew up in a home that provided foster care for children who were victims of abandonment and abuse. I have seen the court’s effect on families from a very young age. I want to bring helpful solutions to challenging problems that families face.

What, if anything, should be added to the NC Code of Judicial Conduct regarding recusal and/or political activity of judges? It is imperative that we have fair courts with judges that are not influenced by bias or personal interest. Instead of taking a passive approach, the code could be changed to actively encourage attorneys to disqualify themselves from cases where the judge has a personal interest or bias in the case.

Website: VoteSamanthaMobley.com

NC DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 26 SEAT 20

Karen D. McCallum

Party: Democrat

candidate is unopposed

NC DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 26 SEAT 21

Rhonda L. Patterson

Party: Democrat

candidate is unopposed

NC DISTRICT COURT JUDGE DISTRICT 26 SEAT 01 – (UNEXPIRED)

Shante' Burke-Hayer

Party: Democrat

candidate is unopposed

MECKLENBURG COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Spencer Merriweather

Party: Democrat

candidate is unopposed

MECKLENBURG COUNTY COMMISSIONER – AT LARGE

Patricia (Pat) Cotham

Patricia (Pat) Cotham

Party: Democrat

Background: Ten years on Board, top vote-getter multiple times, expenses always zero, very visible in the community, common-sense Democrat, motto “I work for you!”

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: My priorities are the people’s priorities. They talk to me about violence, rising rents, access to mental health & their children’s education. People want to be heard. I listen to them and make better decisions with their input.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, jobs for youth, or climate change and conservation): Affordable housing: A complicated topic & impossible to answer in 50 words. We have to better understand the tenants & what they need plus keep property owners whole. We have failed to find a balance. Regulations add 40% to the cost which is passed on to renter. We identify problems but not solutions. We can do better.

Website: PatCotham.org

Arthur Griffin, Jr.

Arthur Griffin, Jr.

Party: Democrat

Background: Charlotte native with more than 40 years of successful leadership experience, former board chair, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education; retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army; retired Senior Vice President, McGraw-Hill Education, NY. Grandparent

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Upward mobility: Execute a plan using a balanced scorecard for accountability, planning and partnership. Public health: Continue the work to ensure equity for all in the area of quality and access to healthcare. Education: Work collaboratively to improve educational attainment by closing equity gaps.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, jobs for youth, or climate change and conservation): Affordable housing: Incentivize private and nonprofit developers with public tools such as utilization of surplus land and tax incentives. Through workforce development, support county residents’ increased ability to afford market-rate housing. Increase education of homeownership as a path to generational wealth.

Website: Griffin4MecklenburgCounty.com

Tatyana Thulien

Tatyana Thulien

Party: Republican

Background: Born & raised in the Soviet Ukraine, I’ve been a proud US citizen. I can’t anymore just observe America being destroyed. Being a teacher, a journalist, and a public figure, I will be a true people’s representative.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Property tax rate cut; less inflation; more safety. People are suffering from deadly policies that make their life harder every day. They need actual help to pay bills and survive. Property tax cuts will prevent people from losing their homes. Safety is a platform for normal life, dignity & future.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, jobs for youth, or climate change and conservation):

  1. Affordable housing: I will work on budget optimizing to make sure those in need will receive assistance available.
  2. Jobs for youth: I will support current programs and non-profit organization providing help and support to youth looking for jobs.
  3. Climate change and conservation: Our parks and recreation areas are in constant need of maintenance and support. Our national parks and preserves are also in need of protection.

Website: Vote4Tatyana.com

Leigh Altman

Leigh Altman

Party: Democrat

Background: I spent a 17-year career as a public interest attorney fighting for children and families. Now I bring that record of advocacy to work on behalf of the more than one million residents of Mecklenburg County.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: I am working to improve access to mass transit, connecting our residents for careers in demand by our region’s employers, improved access to mental health, and more funding for parks.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, jobs for youth, or climate change and conservation): Climate change and conservation: Single car ridership is a leading source of pollution, but people will not opt out of cars until local mass transit is readily accessible, reliable, and efficient. We must invest in transit to reduce climate change and to improve access to affordable housing and jobs. This is a top priority for me.

Website: LeighAltman.com

MECKLENBURG COUNTY COMMISSIONER – DISTRICT 1

Ross Monks

Party: Republican

no response from candidate

Elaine Powell

Elaine Powell

Party: Democrat

Background: I am currently serving my 4th year as the Vice-Chair of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: no response from candidate

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, jobs for youth, or climate change and conservation): no response from candidate

Website: ElectElainePowell.com

MECKLENBURG COUNTY COMMISSIONER – DISTRICT 2

Vilma D. Leake

Party: Democrat

candidate is unopposed

MECKLENBURG COUNTY COMMISSIONER – DISTRICT 3

George Dunlap

George Dunlap

Party: Democrat

Background: 14 years on the School Board, 14 years a County Commissioner. 4 years as the Chairman. Elected to that position by my peers. A retired Police Officer of 27 years with CMPD. A master’s degree in Public Administration. Bachelors of Criminal Justice.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Affordable Housing, Economic Development, community Safety and Education has and continues to be my focus during my tenure. These issues have a tremendous impact on the lives of the residents of our community.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, jobs for youth, or climate change and conservation): Affordable housing: The county contributes nearly 20 million a year towards affordable housing, when 4 years ago, the county did none. We require a percentage of units in housing developments that we support to have affordable units. The county also invests in Maintaining Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing.

Website: Vote4Dunlap.com

Dianna Benson

Dianna Benson

Party: Republican

Background: Graduate of Central Piedmont Community College, Interior Design, member of Contagious Charlotte. Mother of two successful daughters.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Property taxes and inflation affects everyone, home owners and renters alike. Now more than ever we must work to keep living expenses as low as possible which would give families security and our city poised for continued growth.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, jobs for youth, or climate change and conservation): Affordable housing: Property taxes, and inflation. Property taxes are scheduled to increase and will affect everyone, home owners and renters alike. With inflation on the rise, it’s important to do everything possible to keep taxes as low as possible.

Website: none submitted by candidate

MECKLENBURG COUNTY COMMISSIONER – DISTRICT 4

Ray Fuentes

Ray Fuentes

Party: Republican

Background: Leadership experience in both the public and private sectors including: 27 Years Environmental Manager for Coca-Cola; 9 Years Mecklenburg County Air Quality Commission; 8 Years Charlotte Water; 7 Years Planning and Zoning Board; ISO 14001 Certified

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: The people in District 4 deserve a safe, clean and affordable place to live and work. That is what motivated me to run for this office. That is what will energize me to provide the common-sense leadership our district and county deserve.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, jobs for youth, or climate change and conservation): Affordable housing: Regulations account for 28% of the direct cost of housing and 56% of the overall cost of housing. By adopting innovative housing strategies, we can lower the cost of housing, improve the environment, dramatically decrease poverty, lower crime and strengthen all our communities.

Website: RayFuentes.org

Mark Jerrell

Mark Jerrell

Party: Democrat

Background: Mark currently serves on the Inter-Governmental Relations (Chair), Economic Development, Environmental Stewardship and HHS committees. Mark is an entrepreneur, proud veteran (U.S. Army Reserve) and holds a B.A. (political science) and an MBA.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Mark is focused on improving the quality of life for all residents through the implementation of policy and funding for affordable housing, reducing racial disparities, workforce development, education, economic mobility, land acquisition for parks, the environment, and support for small businesses.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, jobs for youth, or climate change and conservation): Affordable housing: Affordable Housing is one of the biggest threats to our residents. We are witnessing severe inequity and it is the role of government to implement policies and practices that provide the opportunity for our residents to have a safe and affordable place to live anywhere in our community.

Website: Mark4ThePeople.com

MECKLENBURG COUNTY COMMISSIONER – DISTRICT 5

Laura Meier

Laura Meier

Party: Democrat

Background: Teacher in CMS; after-school director for at-risk middle school students; elected County Commissioner in 2020; I serve on the Audit, Health and Human Services, and Economic Development committees; I also serve on the board of Smart Start.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Education, affordable housing and green spaces are three of my priorities. Residents in Mecklenburg County expect a high-quality education for their children, homes in which to live and raise their families and accessibility to the natural environment. Their quality of life is my chief concern.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, jobs for youth, or climate change and conservation): Jobs for youth: Our youth must be offered paths toward careers. CMS partners with industries who guarantee students a job upon graduation. CPCC is making great strides in moving kids toward careers. Funding for both CMS and CPCC is part of our county budget and I will continue to support this.

Website: MeierForMeck.com

Matthew Ridenhour

Matthew Ridenhour

Party: Republican

Background: Native Charlottean. Combat-deployed USMC vet. Mecklenburg County Commissioner 2012-2018. Professional risk manager. Founding Board Member for Steele Creek Prep Academy, a Title 1 Charter School. Serves on numerous local Boards of Directors.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: My focus is on the property revaluation next year, affordable housing, and a strong school system. All three of these focus on our residents, where they are, right now. Money in people’s back pockets, an affordable roof over their heads, and a quality education that opens up future possibilities.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, jobs for youth, or climate change and conservation): Affordable housing: We have to build more housing. An increase in supply will lower the cost of housing. Make it more efficient for builders to get through permitting and inspections, so projects are completed more quickly. Incentivize builders who have a track record of successfully approved projects. Preserve NOAH.

Website: VoteRidenhour.com

MECKLENBURG COUNTY COMMISSIONER – DISTRICT 6

Susan Rodriguez-McDowell

Susan Rodriguez-McDowell

Party: Democrat

Background: I am the incumbent, elected in 2018. A married mom of three adult children. My Master’s degree is in counseling. I have experience as an Operations Manager for a national graphic arts supply company and was the principle of two small businesses.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: My top priority is serving constituents with honesty & integrity. I approach my role with a focus on being balanced & with diving deeply to review complex matters which are often very difficult. The work of county government includes areas such as public health, parks, social services and much more.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, jobs for youth, or climate change and conservation): Climate change and conservation: During my tenure we created and adopted an Environmental Leadership Action Plan. I will continue to advocate for more investments in green energy and retrofits for county buildings as well as transitioning our fleet. Clean air, clean water, & recycling are also key to my conservation interests.

Website: McDowell4Meck.com

Jeremy Brasch

Party: Republican

no response from candidate

MECKLENBURG COUNTY CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT

Elisa Chinn Gary

Party: Democrat

candidate is unopposed

MECKLENBURG COUNTY SHERIFF

Garry L. McFadden

Party: Democrat

candidate is unopposed

MECKLENBURG COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 01

Rhonda Cheek

Rhonda Cheek

Background: 20+ year advocate for public schools locally. 13 years on the BOE. NC PTA Volunteer of the Year. Founder of FUME, advocating for capital funding in North Meck. Served on multiple committees and organizations that focused on children and education.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: “How will this impact students” That one question must guide our work in every aspect of governance, because our top priority is to ensure academic success for each student. Setting High Expectations for students, staff, families and community. Improving school safety, Properly Allocating Resources

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes? Each child needs to be given what they need to grow from where they are today to reach their fullest potential. Each student, in each school, in every area of our county. Regardless of demographics, prior academic challenges or success. Properly allocating resources – operating, capital, human is key.

Website: RhondaForCMS.com

Melissa Easley

Melissa Easley

Background: 10 year CMS veteran Science and Social Studies teacher; Holds a Masters degree in K-12 Instructional Technology; A National Board Certified teacher; Parent of two students in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: My top two priorities if elected are to repair relationships with teachers, staff and community and to bring equitable resources to our lowest performing schools, make sure that all our students receive not just equal resources but equitable as well.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes? The BOE cannot just throw money at an issue and expect that to be fixed. The BoE needs to look at how we can redivide current resources (people, items, support) to make sure that all our students receive not just equal resources but equitable as well.

Website: EasleyForCMS.com

Hamani R. Fisher

Hamani R. Fisher

Background: Over 20 years working with youth, beginning with repeat juvenile offenders, followed by foster teens in independent living, educational and life-skill development for K-12 children and their families, and intervention solutions for children at risk.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: High academic standards and performance for all students; physical and emotional safety for entire CMS community; strengthen student-teacher-parent relationship; collaborate with experts and community members for effective and sustainable solutions. Restore trust and confidence in CMS.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes? Empower teachers to recognize different learning styles and adjust teaching styles to ensure high academic success of each student, regardless of life experiences, and collaborate with school and community experts to provide support to students and families, as needed.

Website: Fisher4CMS.com

Bill Fountain

Bill Fountain

Background: Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, combat fighter pilot, and defense planner. Twenty years a successful program manager of one hundred-million-dollar programs plus international marketing. Retired high school teacher after ten years.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Arrest the cancerous wokism metastasizing within CMS. Examples requiring pornographic books for reading, confusing kids’ sexuality and moral compass with gender identification, demeaning children’s self-worth with lies about racism, and condoning disruptive behavior by a few troublemakers.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes? Yes, Drop gender identity program to regain moral compass; Promote student discipline and high expectations to obtain safe schools and self-respect; Realign social emotion learning’s victimhood and racism toward virtues and self-reliance; Free teachers from SEL to focus on content – the three R’s.

Website: ElectBillFountain.com

Ro Lawsin

no response from candidate

MECKLENBURG COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 02

Juanrique Hall

Juanrique Hall

Background: Graduated from west Charlotte high school, 10 years plus high school football coach, works for alternatives to violence, youth advocate worker and community activist

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: My top priorities are to get more trade classes in the schools and bridge the communication gap with families and the administration and give parents more input into their students’ education.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes? The board should have a customized plan for each school and understand the needs for the students in their demographic areas.

Website: instagram.com/juanriquehall

Monty Witherspoon

Monty Witherspoon

Background: I am a native of Charlotte and a graduate of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (Olympic High School ’98). I currently serve as the Senior Minister of a local church. I have spent my professional career committed to addressing social issues.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: My first priority is Student Achievement. Every student has a right to sound basic education. Also, the Board of Education is tasked with establishing policy and determining annual and capital budgets. I will ensure that the BoE is fully accountable to the community and its funding partners.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes? This is a complex issue, however more highly qualified principals and teachers are needed in high poverty schools. High poverty schools have more beginning teachers and lateral entry teachers.

Website: WitherspoonForStudents.com

Thelma Byers-Bailey

Thelma Byers-Bailey

Background: I graduated W Charlotte HS & Fisk Univ with majors in Math/Physics. Earned Law Degree & Masters from St. Louis Univ & practiced law in Sacramento. I have served my community as President for over 15 years & District 2 on the school board for 9 years.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: My 3 priorities are focused on: Partnering with families, communities and churches to achieve academic success for all our students, Getting educators’ compensation & license issues addressed, and Assuring CMS is fiscally responsible while keeping equity in the forefront of everything that we do.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes? I’ve led a charge to smarten our goals & identify problems that hamper our ability to measure what students know & are able to do. We’re determining what’s working & what’s not. We’re also installing a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) which will address disparities in learning among students.

Website: facebook.com/Thelma-Byers-Bailey-for-School-Board-District-2-145890552244166/

MECKLENBURG COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 03

Gregory (Dee) Rankin

Gregory (Dee) Rankin

Background: Chair of Education for BPC of Charlotte-Mecklenburg; Co Chair of CMS Equity Comm Student Wellness Comm; Chair of Mayors Mentoring Alliance; Director of Education Sigmas of Charlotte; Former Educator

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Quality education for all students and equitable resources for students in need.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes? BOE members should be intentional with creating policies that address the learning disparities of different races as well as applying social, financial and human capital to address the needs of different races and lower income families.

Website: Rankin4Education.com

Steven Rushing

Steven Rushing

Background: I have 7 amazing children & 1 grandson, I’m a vested community leader & 10 year business owner with a kid taxi service for school pick-up, a counseling & coaching business providing solutions for successful men, & marriage counseling with my wife.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: It is time to stand behind our teachers and allow their voices to be heard to improve our kids’ learning abilities also so the kids can go back to being kids. There is also a great need for the Latino community to have a voice in CMS and with my Hispanic background I want to help that voice be heard.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes? Students receive dramatically different learning opportunities based on their social status. We must increase high quality curriculum resources, provide our teachers with the tools & training needed to teach our children equally while building stronger communities.

Website: facebook.com/ElectStevenRushing

MECKLENBURG COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 04

Carol Sawyer

Carol Sawyer

Background: Elected to the School Board 2017, Policy Comm Chair; – Public education advocate 20+ yrs; founder OneMECK, dedicated to improving equity and access in schools and housing; Parent of an East Meck graduate. CMS volunteer tutor, hands-on sci teacher.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Provide clear goals for student outcomes to drive resources and staff focus. – Advocate for improved teacher/staff pay so that our children have the best teachers and staff in their schools. – Continue to build bridges from CMS to community groups and partners to support our CMS students & families.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes? The Board should work to create schools that have a diverse mix of students. Where that is not possible, we must provide the extra resources needed in schools serving families from low-income neighborhoods so that student outcomes match those of peers from higher wealth areas.

Website: SawyerForSchools.com

Stephanie Sneed

Stephanie Sneed

Background: I am an attorney experienced in employment & child abuse cases. I’m on CMS Bond Oversight Comm and board of an Education Think Tank. I served as Chair, Black Political Caucus & on its Education Comm; Girl Scout leader & CMS volunteer/advocate/PTA/mom.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Achievement-Board focus on increasing outcomes/expectations of all students through measurable goals; Support for Teachers/Staff–Provide consistent policies/guidance/support; meaningful salaries & innovative incentives; Access-Increased access to mental health support resources for students & families.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes? The Board must have measurable goals that include addressing achievement gaps to ensure college/career readiness. Goal execution requires a Board to ensure budget monies sought from State/County support these efforts; clear direction to Superintendent & pursue intergovernmental programmatic support.

Website: Sneed4Education.com

Clara Kennedy Witherspoon

Clara Kennedy Witherspoon

Background: Licensed K-12 School Counselor, Licensed School Administrator, MTSS Specialist, High School Graduation Coach, Qualified Mental Health Professional, Founder and Executive Director of a nonprofit organization, and Director of a 21st CCLC.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Hire a highly qualified superintendent, Advocate for parents to have a voice in decisions, and 3 Equity and Equality to ensure all students are provided resources to support success.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?

  1. Equity, and Equality,
  2. Highly Qualified Administrators, and Teachers working in low performing schools.
  3. School Leaders must know how to implement a strong MTSS framework, and utilize data problem solving to make the needed changes in their schools to support academic success.

Website: cspoon22.org

MECKLENBURG COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 05

Lisa Cline

Background: 39+ years of Educational experience, 29+ in CMS. I was a teacher, Curriculum Lead, and Assistant Principal. I have a BA from Clemson University in Secondary Education and a minor in French. I have a MSA ( Masters in School Administration) from UNCC.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Accountability, Safety, and Change for Educational Excellence for Every Student; ACCOUNTABILITY to educate and prepare students; SAFETY on the bus, at school, in the classroom; CHANGE CMS and change our community.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes? The real question is how to ensure all students have an optimal learning experience while ensuring an emotionally and physically safe environment so they flourish academically. Teachers must be adept at identifying learning styles and life experiences for each student’s academic success.

Website: ClineforSchoolBoard.com

Trent Merchant

Trent Merchant

Background: Executive Search Consultant – I help organizations find leaders and establish successful talent practices. CMS School Board At Large 2006-2011. Former Division leader – $5B company. Former high school teacher, coach, and theatre director. CMS parent.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:

  1. The Main Thing – drive relentless focus on Raising the Bar and Closing Gaps in student learning outcomes.
  2. Recruit a strong Superintendent, and rebuild leadership across the district that will support teachers so we can accomplish The Main Thing.
  3. Restore stability and public trust.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes? Quit arguing about the past, start where we are, and move into action and solutions, without waiting for perfect. Entice the best leaders to go to schools with the greatest needs, get them money, talent, and help – and clear red tape so they can get things done swiftly.

Website: TrentMerchant.com

MECKLENBURG COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 06

Summer Nunn

Summer Nunn

Background: CMS Elementary School Mom, Member of School Leadership Team working alongside principal and teachers. Successful Marketing Leaders and Business executives built brands through owning budgets, staffing leadership and creating team structures.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: Hiring the right superintendent to lead CMS, Teacher and Staff resources, student outcomes and budget evaluation to make sure we adjust to focus there.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes? It goes beyond that to include those with learning disabilities. We have to meet kids where they are and give them the resources and attention to make sure they are able to progress based on their learning styles and help them mentally focus on learning.

Website: SummerNunnForSchoolBoard.com

Sean Strain

Sean Strain

Background: Currently serving Board member, district representative (5 years). Business executive, non-profit leader including educational foundations.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected: District culture / high expectations and accountability of all stakeholders for delivery of Mission serving every student (students, families, classroom through Board room employees, community partners); safety of students and staff; true equity in support, enablement of every student.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes? Lead families and community partners to deliver requisite preparation and support through early childhood development; meet every student where they are and challenge them every day to fly as high as they possibly can; reverse trend of lowering expectations, accountability of students, staff.

Website: SeanStrain.com

Michael Watson

Michael Watson

Background: I have served as PTA President at Jay M. Robinson Middle School, VP at Polo Ridge Elementary. I served on both School Leadership Teams for 3 years each, Additionally I serve on the Alumni Board for DEI for the College of Engineering at Univ of MO.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:

  1. Common sense solutions to problems, abandoning the one size fits all solutioning that has been taking place.
  2. School safety without unnecessary distractions.
  3. Proper leadership. Ensuring we have the right superintendent in place who is empowered.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes? Understanding the metrics are key to finding a viable solution. I want to be the candidate of common sense. Often times the “why” is abandoned before a proper “how” is established. With that being stated it would be premature to offer a solution without the right information to speak to.

Website: WatsonForCMS.com