Dan Bishop, Republican
Lloyd Scher, Democrat
Education: UNC Chapel Hill (BA Political Science & Sociology), Miami Dade Junior College (AA Industrial Relations), Central Piedmont Community College (Computers and Sign Language) Myers Park High School.
Professional experience: Founder, president of Video Taping Services Inc. 1978-2001, East Carolina Bank (marking director, 2002-2004), N.C. Commerce Department Public Relations Office 2001-2002.
Previous public offices: Mecklenburg County Commissioner, 1992 to 2000; Mecklenburg County ABC Board of Directors, 2014-present; Charlotte Mecklenburg Zoning Board of Adjustment, 2012-2016.
The cost to our business community has been hard hitting. As president of a Small Business, which did thousands of dollars work for the previous NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte. I understand what this bill has cost small businesses, waiters, bartenders, restaurants along with our hotel, motel companies. There will be a shortfall of tax revenue because not only are we losing major events but we are also losing jobs and future jobs. HB2 should never have been passed and signed by our governor.
Anyone that promises no new taxes in November before seeing our budget and the state’s income is doing nothing but pandering to the voters. I have seen the effects of saying no to taxes that when disaster hits it costs more money than planned.
Hugo caused $7 billion in damage in the U.S. mainland, making it the costliest hurricane at the time. When adjusted for inflation, it currently ranks as the ninth most costly hurricane in U.S. history, causing almost $13 billion in damage. That includes the damage done in Charlotte.
The current General Assembly is taking funds from the emergency account and using it for lawsuits, which is known as a bait and switch.
I do not believe that it is appropriate to make a claim on tax revenue in November when you do not know the budget available.
Finally I would support a complete study about taxing programs and how the funds are collected.”
I would create an understanding of what Mecklenburg County provides to the surrounding communities. Offer to bring them to Charlotte for a weekend to meet the citizens (not just the businesses and elected leaders) of the area and to see some of our sites. Work with the business community to help change the Mecklenburg perception with the Raleigh leaders.