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Charlotte City Council District 3 hopeful Rosa Hodge-Mustafa on the issues

Rosa Hodge-Mustafa
Rosa Hodge-Mustafa

Name: Rosa Hodge-Mustafa

What office are you running for? District 3

Party: Democrat

Neighborhood: Forest Pawtuckett

Political Experience: Precinct 80 Chairperson 2008 to present; Forest Pawtuckett Neighborhood VP; Campaign Coordinator for Kay Hagan

Family: I am from Virginia and I have resided in Charlotte for 16 years. I am the 6 of 7 children. I am divorced with one daughter in which I raised in Charlotte and she attended private as well as public school.

Work Experience: I have made my career in the financial sector in several different disciplines including marketing for BOA and HR. As well as Wells Fargo. I have Bachelor of Art and several professional certifications. I am reviewing a Master's program. I am a certified counselor for the National Center for Missing and Exploited children (Team hope)

Campaign contact: 704-591-8526; http://rosadistrict3.wix.com/online-business-card

1) Why are you running for office?

I am seeking District 3 seat in order to assist my district with quality of life and change areas that are in a constant decline. I am also interested in ways of sustainability for areas that are showing significant progress.

2) What would be your top priorities if elected?

My first priority would be economic development for the hardest hit areas of the district. I would like to identify ways to stabilize the working poor families by incorporate additional enrichment programs for the youth and seniors.

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 can not provide an opinion on the matter until I have heard the argument in its fullness. It would be premature to assess at this time.

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 can not provide an opinion on the matter until I have heard the argument in its fullness. It would be premature to assess at this time.

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?

I can not provide an opinion on the matter until I have heard the argument in its fullness. It would be premature to assess at this time.

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?

There is an enormous need for additional transportation in District 3 .If the measure was affordable and benefited all sectors of the city I would support a transit project.

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?

I can not provide an opinion on the matter until I have heard the argument in its fullness. It would be premature to assess at this time.

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?

It is my opinion that the housing problems of Charlotte has been an issue for the working poor and poor. There is a need for affordable housing and each case of rezoning should be evaluated on a case by case bases. This is a huge issue that I am willing to help solve.

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

I am not aware of all overall practice in which companies are given incentives. It appears that some are given funds on the front end of the negotiation and often coupled with tax break incentives. This practice should be strengthened to ensure that tax payers dollars remain in Charlotte and not placed in an at risk position by any company.

10) What makes you the best candidate?

The best candidate will have a passion for people and good with establishing public policy. A candidate will listen to the voters and analysis the best approach in order to achieve success with the task. A good candidate will be inclusive of all sectors of the population and place equal value on all citizens. I know the best candidate will foster good working relationships with peers in order to achieve the common good.

11) What else should voters know about you?

I know that good public policy is built on the safety of its citizens. The quality of life should be at the forefront of all conversations relating to the human condition. I feel that capitalism and humanitarianism do not have to be opposing entities. I know that quality of life should be afforded d to all citizens and good governance is essential

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