Billy Maddalon said LGBT vote spurred him to run for Charlotte City Council at-large

Billy Maddalon
Billy Maddalon rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Billy Maddalon said he thought he might return to City Council one day, but had told himself any campaign would be far into the future.

But after a contentious debate in March over whether the city should add gay, lesbian and transgender employees to its non-discrimination ordinance, Maddalon decided he would run – in 2015.

“Then the ordinance thing happened,” said Maddalon, who is gay. “It wasn’t just that (the ordinance lost), it was the way it happened. No one was pleased with the dialogue that happened. There were so many angry nasty things on both sides.”

Maddalon, who has three adopted children and one foster child, said he supports the LGBT protections. He said his presence on the council would have allowed the measure to pass, and he said it would have lessened the intensity on both sides.

Maddalon owns the Morehead Inn and the Van Landingham Estate. He said his experience as a small businessman would be valuable to the council.

As a council member, Maddalon said he would work to find money to build the region’s 2030 transit plan. He said he would also address “entrenched poverty” in the city.

In 2013, Maddalon was appointed to finish the council term of Patsy Kinsey, who represents District 1. Kinsey had been appointed mayor after Anthony Foxx resigned to become U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

Steve Harrison


Age: 48

Hometown: Charlotte

Family: Engaged to be married. Has three adopted children, one foster child.

Education: N.C. State, degrees in public relations and political science.

Occupation: Hotelier, owner of Morehead Inn and Van Landingham Estate

Political experience: Charlotte City Council District 1, 2013; past board member for Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.

Community service: Co-chair of Eastland Area Strategies Team; a founder of Communities United for Action; past member of Board of Trustees at Meredith College; served on the Alexander Youth Network Board.

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