Laurence Bibbs has heard a familiar refrain since moving to Charlotte four years ago.
“It’s the same people running over and over again, and they’re pretty much doing what they want to do,” people tell him. Now Bibbs, 30, is running to represent those folks.
“I can bring a fresh new perspective,” he says. “I think I can help push Charlotte into the 21st Century.”
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Bibbs has never run for office. Though he once interned for the mayor of Toledo, Ohio, his hometown, he hasn’t really been involved in politics.
He says the goal of his campaign is “to focus on the disenfranchised and the forgotten.”
He also wants the city to become a leader in the digital economy. “I feel we can grow this industry and actually make Charlotte the next Silicon Valley,” says Bibbs, a technical analyst for Carolinas HealthCare.
Bibbs prides himself on the fact that he’s raised no campaign money. Aside from his filing fee, he’s spent just $44.
“That’s one of the things I like to say – that I’m funding my own campaign,” he says.
Family: Married; two children
Occupation: Technical analyst for Carolinas HealthCare System.
Education: ITT technical institute, associate degree in computer science.
Politics: First run for office.
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