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Charlotte’s City Council District 1 candidates give their views on 4 key issues

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DEMOCRATS

Larken Egleston

Age: 34

Education: Bachelor’s Degree, Appalachian State University; Associate Degree, Johnson & Wales University

Professional experience: Sales, Republic National Distributing Company

Previous public offices held (if any): Vice-Chair, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission; Board member and former Chair, Charlotte International Cabinet (both are Council/Mayor appointed positions). 2016 Delegate to the Democratic National Convention (party-elected position)

Family: Wife, Lauren; dog, Jake

Website: www.VoteLarken.com

The N.C. Department of Transportation is planning to build express lanes on I-77 south, U.S. 74 and I-485. Should those projects continue?

No; toll lanes, by design, provide no solution for traffic congestion.

For years, a City Council priority was to disperse affordable housing throughout the city, to prevent it from being clustered together. The city has moved away from that policy in an attempt to build more housing quickly. Is that a good idea?

Both are important factors and I do not believe they are mutually exclusive.

Do you support the city spending $30 million in hotel-motel money for a proposed Major League Soccer stadium?

No; I would love to see MLS in Charlotte, but not at that great an expense to taxpayers when we have far more pressing issues facing our city.

With homicides on the rise, what steps would you take to try to reduce crime? What has the current council NOT done?

We must have more officers on foot/bike patrols to increase positive interactions with citizens. We must also put effort behind promoting more responsible gun storage/ownership, as many of the guns used in crimes are stolen.

Patsy Kinsey

Age: 76

Education: Charlotte Central High School - Central Piedmont Community College

Professional experience: Business Development Executive

Previous public offices held (if any): Commissioner, Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners 1990-1994

Family: Three Children and Three Grandchildren

Website: patsykinsey.com

The N.C. Department of Transportation is planning to build express lanes on I-77 south, U.S. 74 and I-485. Should those projects continue?

As our city and county continues to grow we are going to have to embrace some of these changes whether we like it or not.

For years, a City Council priority was to disperse affordable housing throughout the city, to prevent it from being clustered together. The city has moved away from that policy in an attempt to build more housing quickly. Is that a good idea?

The equitable way to provide for affordable housing is to build mixed income developments and disperse them throughout the city.

Do you support the city spending $30 million in hotel-motel money for a proposed Major League Soccer stadium?

No

With homicides on the rise, what steps would you take to try to reduce crime? What has the current council NOT done?

Give Chief Putney the personnel and tools he needs to address crime in our city especially through community policing; advocate for additional education for officers in the areas of de-escalation of incidents before they become violent, in implicit bias, respect for racial and cultural differences, as well as other areas. In my opinion the current council has not taken advantage of some of the offers of assistance by the faith community and other outside groups to address some of the crime issues in our community including homicides.

Robert Mitchell

Age: 39

Education: Associates Degree

Professional experience: United States Marine Corps & Department of Defense

Previous public offices held (if any): None

Family: spouse and two children.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/VoteRobertForChange/

The N.C. Department of Transportation is planning to build express lanes on I-77 south, U.S. 74 and I-485. Should those projects continue?

Yes this project is actually very important. Charlotte is a fast growing city, and in the last 25 years we have grown in car population. Due to more cars being on the road and coming into Charlotte from areas such as Lake Norman, we need a faster mode, of travel. I-77 Express Lanes will become the fastest and newest way to travel in and out of Charlotte. Would love to see this project complete.

For years, a City Council priority was to disperse affordable housing throughout the city, to prevent it from being clustered together. The city has moved away from that policy in an attempt to build more housing quickly. Is that a good idea?

It can be a good idea if done correctly, that correctness being, citizens not having to pay 30% of their earnings on rent. Having affordable homes also mean, being able to access public transportation, and obtain safety just as if the homes were in the city. Considering we have families going homeless, due to a shortage of affordable housing, we really need affordable homes like yesterday.

Do you support the city spending $30 million in hotel-motel money for a proposed Major League Soccer stadium?

No I don’t agree, there are over five thousand homeless children, in Charlotte that go hungry every night and we talking about Major League Soccer Stadiums....Not on my watch we not.

With homicides on the rise, what steps would you take to try to reduce crime? What has the current council NOT done?

When we take a look at crime, we must look at the economy, do we have enough good paying jobs for our citizens. Most people who can’t feed their self or a family, on minimum wage, may turn to crime in order to feed her or his family. Let’s start having incentives for our charlotte business, to hire more, plus lets also start having incentives and job placement programs for those who will follow through. Increasing our minimum wage to $15.00hr would be a really good starting point, this alone would help stop some crime. One other way to reduce crime is for our citizens, to once again, know who your neighbor is and their concerns.

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