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Al Austin: Why I’m the best candidate for District 2

With primary runoff Tuesday, District 2 City Council candidates make their cases

By Al Austin
Special to the Observer

The City of Charlotte faces various complex issues and challenges ahead. They include: the battle over Charlotte Douglas International Airport and strengthening the Citizens Review Board. We need strong leaders on the City Council that are knowledgeable about the issues citywide and within the district to provide sound policy and direction.

I am committed to taking care of my home and my community – District Two and the City of Charlotte as a whole. A native Charlottean, I grew up in District Two and, after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, decided to return here – to live, to work, and to serve.

I would bring to the position significant experience with local governmental agencies, having worked for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, as Ground Transportation Supervisor at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and Assistant Director of Public Relations with Charlotte Housing Authority. In addition, I would bring proven executive relationship skills, experience with budget creation, consensus building, resource development and managerial skills developed in my more than 11 years with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte and currently, the Major Gifts Officer of Johnson C. Smith University.

In addition, I would bring a deep connection to this community and a sincere belief in its inherent greatness, a willingness to seek innovative and creative solutions, and a commitment to integrity, honesty, and transparency.

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