Aaron Sanders says he’s running for City Council because he cares “about Charlotte foremost” has always been active as a resident.
“I'm the best candidate because I care about everyday city services that people use on a daily basis,” Sanders said. “Running for public office is an extension of my background of public service.”
Sanders, 60, lives in Oaklawn Park neighborhood in the house where he grew up. He has been involved in numerous city boards and advisory panels.
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He said his top priorities as a council member would be to complete the Gold Line, or streetcar, and to finish the Lynx Blue Line to UNC Charlotte.
If needed, Sanders said he would support increasing the sales tax to pay for other transit projects, such as a commuter train to Lake Norman.
“It costs money to pay for massive needed investments in transportation,” he said. “Charlotte has been rapidly growing for several years now.”
He also said he would “take action to improve relations between Charlotte and our legislators.”
He also said he would offer his experience of working to “offer whatever insight I have in business and economic matters to shore up the budget.”
Sanders also said he supports expanding Charlotte’s existing non-discrimination to ordinance to include protections for gay, lesbian and transgender residents.
Education: Graduated North Carolina A&T University, MBA Golden Gate University
Occupation: 26 years working in telecommunications and financial services; writer and community leader
Political experience: Delegate to 2012 Democratic National Convention; ran for City Council District 2 in 2009
Community work: Former president Oaklawn Park Neighborhood Improvement Association; city food truck advisory group; cable access citizens oversight committee; information technology advisory committee