Long past an age when most people slow down, Claire Fallon is going strong.
At 79, she’s in her second term on Charlotte’s city council. She chairs the community safety committee and was an early champion of Kerr Putney, who was appointed chief of police.
She’s even helped shape state legislation, offering suggestions on a Senate bill to regulate Uber drivers. A native New Yorker, she’s developed a reputation as one of the council’s most outspoken members.
“I ask the questions nobody else wants to ask,” Fallon says.
After moving to Charlotte in 2001, Fallon jumped into community service. She founded the NorthEast Coalition, a neighborhood group, and served on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission.
She said she’s running to finish the business she started. As chair of the Community Safety committee, she’d like to see a fire department ladder company in north Charlotte, new police stations in the north and south and up to 80 new officers on the street.
She’d also like to clean house among leaders in the fire department. “I’d like to see morale come back to that department,” she says.
Says Fallon: “I don’t need the money, I don’t need the status and I don’t have an agenda other than to do what is right with Charlotte.”
Hometown: Spring Valley, N.Y.
Family: Widowed; three children, four grandchildren.
Education: Graduated from New York School of Interior Design; attended New York University and Queens College (N.Y).
Occupation: Former interior designer; former chairwoman of a New York Montessori school
Politics: At-large City Council, 2011-present.
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