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Charlotte city council at-large: Laurence Bibbs on the issues

Name: Laurence Bibbs

What office are you running for? City Council at-large

Political Experience

I worked in the office of Mayor Carty Finkbeiner in the city of Toledo on his youth task force.

Family: I am married to my lovely wife Tiffani Bibbs with my 2 children Quincey 4 and Brianna 2

Work Experience: I have worked for Carolina Healthcare Systems since 2011 in IT department, I previously worked for Parker Construction in Toledo, Ohio as an electrician and we focused efforts on clean air.

Campaign contact: Laurence Bibbs facebook; https://laurencebibbs.wordpress.com/; ph#704-977-7359 or John Davis 7048584813

1) Why are you running for office?

My goal is to bring more jobs to the City of Charlotte with the focus being clean energy and technology. I also will focus on affordable housing.

2) What would be your top priorities if elected?

Jobs and housing

3) Would you support the city's proposed expansion of its non-discrimination ordinance to include the LGBT community, including a provision that would allow transgender residents to use the bathroom of their choice?

I do after examination of the proposal.

4) Do you support the N.C. DOT's plans to add express toll lanes to Interstate 485 in south Charlotte and U.S. 74? Or would you prefer to widen the highways with general-purpose free lanes?

I would prefer to widen the highways with general-purpose free lanes.

5) Would you support spending hospitality tax dollars to renovate or rebuild the county owned Memorial Stadium in hopes of the city winning a Major League Soccer franchise?

Yes I would support that.

6) Would you support an increase in the general sales tax to support more transit projects, such as additional miles of streetcar and a commuter train to Lake Norman?

no tax increase for that, we need to increase efforts to bring light rail to the East and West side 1st.

7) There has been a significant amount of redevelopment in neighbors close to uptown, with older, sometimes historic buildings being demolished for new apartments. Would you support more restrictions on tear-downs?

no restrictions I'm for expansion

8) A goal of the city is to increase affordable housing. In some instances, however, the City Council is asked to approve rezoning requests for low-income apartments, even when an area plan says single-family homes should be built on a site. Should the council follow the area plan recommendations or approve multi-family projects to increase affordability?

approve multi-family projects to increase affordability.

9) Should the city change its guidelines for offering Business Investment Grants for companies considering expanding or relocating to Charlotte?

yes time lines and penalties should be put in place if the company relocates within 5 years, we are giving them incentives to employ our residents, not to set up shop and look for a better deal. We should learn from the Chiquita experience.

10) What makes you the best candidate?

Young new ideas not tainted by the county city machine already in place

11) What else should voters know about you?

Eager and ready to work for the people of Charlotte, please give me a chance to serve.

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