Since being elected to one of four City Council at-large seats in 2011, Claire Fallon has been one of the most independent Democrats.
For instance, she has twice voted against the city’s budget, either because of a tax increase or because it contained money for the streetcar, which she has questioned.
She said she is proud of lobbying the Republican-led General Assembly to create regulations for so-called digital dispatch companies, such as Uber and Lyft. The City Council had tried to pass its own rules about the companies but had been blocked by Raleigh.
“I worked across the aisle,” she said.
Fallon chairs the public safety committee, which has been discussing whether to create “Public Safety Zones,” in which Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police could prohibit people who have been arrested from returning for a certain period.
Fallon said she is worried any “exclusion zone” ordinance would be unconstitutional and would only disperse crime to other areas.
Earlier this year, Fallon was a key player in the council’s contentious debate over whether to expand the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance to include protections for gay, lesbian and transgender people.
Other council members said they believed Fallon didn’t support a provision that would allow transgender residents to use the bathroom of their choice, and they removed that piece of the ordinance. Fallon said recently she would support the full ordinance, including the bathroom flexibility.
Council members may vote again on the issue in early 2016.
Hometown: Spring Valley, N.Y.
Family: Widowed. Three children, four grandchildren.
Education: Attended New York University, Queens College, NY School Interior Design.
Occupation: Former interior designer; former founder of Montessori school in New York.
Political experience: Charlotte City Council member 2011-present; former vice chair of economic commission of Queens County; former member of New York’s Community Board 9; former chairman Anti-Defamation League of New York.
Community service: Board member, Greater Enrichment Program of Charlotte; former trustee, Blumenthal Performing Arts; founding member and president, Northeast Coalition, an organization of homeowners associations.