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Sean Gautam cites civic experience in run for Charlotte City Council at-large post

Sean Gautam
Sean Gautam

Sean Gautam came to America in 1993 with little more than a suitcase.

Since then he’s collected graduate degrees in law and business from two American universities, founded an investment advisory firm and written a book, “Risk-Specific Portfolio Investing.”

He came to Charlotte with his wife about nine years ago and became a citizen in 2008. He has jumped into community activities.

He serves on the city’s business advisory committee and Charlotte’s International Cabinet. He currently serves on the boards of Opera Carolina and WDAV. He’s also been an active Rotarian. He led a Rotary-funded project that has planted 1,200 trees at Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools.

He says he’s focusing on what he calls the core issues: jobs and growth, crime prevention and meeting infrastructure needs. He says he’s running for office to spread the city’s prosperity.

He would create “Opportunity Zones” to bring jobs to hard-pressed areas.

“As a citizen I’ve been frustrated and disappointed that many parts of Charlotte are being neglected,” he says. “I hope to … include every body in the equation in ways we can spark growth in areas that don’t have growth.”

Jim Morrill

Biography

Age: 46

Hometown: Kanpur, India, in Charlotte since 2006.

Family: Wife, two children

Education: Masters of Law, Georgetown University Law School, 2000; MBA, University of New Orleans, 1997, Bachelor of Commerce (1990) and Bachelor of Laws (1993), Delhi University.

Occupation: Investment manager, PortfolioPro LLC

Political experience: None.

Community service: Business Advisory Committee; Charlotte International Cabinet.

Meet the candidates in Charlotte’s at-large City Council primary

Read profiles of other Democrats vying to be the party’s three Charlotte City Council at-large nominees in Charlotte’s Sept. 15 primary. There is no Republican primary, with candidates Pablo Carvajal, John K. Powell Jr. and David Michael Rice appearing on the Nov. 3 ballot.

▪ Laurence Bibbs cites ‘fresh perspective’

▪ Darrell Bonapart advocates for east, west sides

▪ Bruce Clark to focus on economic mobility

▪ Julie Eiselt cites anti-crime efforts

▪ Claire Fallon pushes for public safety

▪ Sean Gautam cites civic experience

▪ Shawn Greeson focuses on environment, poverty

▪ Mo Idlibby cites legal experience

▪ Vi Lyles cites experience with city, council

▪ Billy Maddalon said LGBT vote spurred him to run

▪ James 'Smuggie' Mitchell to focus on sustainable neighborhoods

▪ Aaron Sanders would focus on services

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