ISSUES

Leadership

  • As Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Commission, I have provided strong and steady leadership, which has allowed the Commission to remain disciplined and focused in addressing the opportunities and challenges we face as a community.
  • I have led our community’s effort to bring economic opportunity to all people in our county, and I was the impetus behind the formation of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Economic Opportunity Task Force.
  • My leadership has been felt across the State through my successful, vocal opposition to the General Assembly’s proposal to redistribute sales tax revenue away from Mecklenburg County. In doing so, I protected the county from substantial losses.

I am also proud of other work I’ve done…

  • Ensuring proper funding for public education, and leading the effort to find dedicated funding for increased teacher compensation
  • Helping lead the effort to create and provide funding for Read Charlotte, a collective impact initiative to increase 3rd grade reading achievement for all children in our county
  • Advocating for the expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina under the Affordable Care Act
  • Putting nurses in every school in CMS
  • Increasing funding for our parks and recreation facilities
  • Expanding services to seniors
  • Enhancing support for our libraries, leading to increased access
  • Leading the effort to make Veterans Day an official holiday in the county
  • Increasing funding for veteran services
  • Supporting the Housing Our Heroes initiative that ended veteran homelessness
  • Helping lead the initiative to end chronic homelessness in our county by the end of 2016
  • Voting to create thousands of jobs through economic development
  • Leading the effort to bring the Brooklyn Village development to fruition
  • Supporting the vision to transform the North Tryon Street