Ten years ago Democrat Darrell Bonapart made his first run for Charlotte’s city council. Now he’s making his fifth.
In between Bonapart has found other ways to serve his city and east Charlotte community, serving on boards and taking leadership roles.
“I’m committed to the future of my community and the city where I live,” he says. “That’s why I stay persistent.”
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He’s running on three issues: homelessness, transportation and economic development. He started a group to help homeless school kids. He supports more mass transit alternatives commuters. And he wants to revitalize areas of the east and west sides “for a balanced share of a prospering economy.”
A native Charlottean, Bonapart is an Army Iraq war veteran and served 15 years in the National Guard. He’s stayed active despite not holding office.
Bonapart is a past chair of the Charlotte East Community Partners and has fought to bring more business to the east side. He’s on the board of an agency that helps abused children.
He also has stayed active in his party, vying last year for a vacant N.C. Senate seat.
“Not getting more votes doesn’t make me unqualified,” he says.
Family: Married, two children.
Education: B.S. in business, Rutledge College.
Occupation: Senior consultant, Reverse Mortgage Solutions
Political experience: This is his fifth run for council.
Community: Officer and former chair, Charlotte East Community Partners; board, Charlotte Chamber East Chapter, 2008-2010; Zoning Board of Adjustment, 2000-2003.
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