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The Post's endorsements for Charlotte City Council primary
Change coming at-large and in districts
 
Published Friday, September 8, 2017 12:00 pm
by The Charlotte Post Editorial Board

PHOTO/DANIEL COSTON
Charlotte City Council at-large representative James Mitchell, on right.

Change is coming to Charlotte City Council, and voters will have a choice in its direction as at least three newcomers to be seated in December.


We believe Charlotte will be best served with a blend of experience and youth to deal with challenges regarding housing, public safety and economic mobility.

At-large
We endorse James Mitchell, Julie Eiselt, Dimple Ajmera and Braxton Winston for at-large seats in the Democratic primary.

Mr. Mitchell and Miss Eiselt, who are incumbents, offer the experienced moderation that have moved the city forward on many fronts, notably economic expansion through new jobs and a growing tax base. Miss Eiselt excels at constituent service and Mr. Mitchell, a Charlotte native, has exhibited an impressive command of economic and social issues the community faces. We like both of them, and feel they’re worthy of another two-year term.

Miss Ajmera, who was appointed to the District 5 position last year, has taken quickly to representative politics. She’s a young charger and an outspoken champion for bringing new services and economic vigor to East Charlotte, an energetic addition to the council that’s sorely needed.

Mr. Winston, who gained notoriety last year as an activist during unrest that erupted after the Keith Scott shooting, brings youthful enthusiasm and a sense of social justice to the campaign. The Scott shooting slapped Charlotte out of its collective slumber regarding very real gaps between haves and have-nots. We welcome the possibilities of Mr. Winston’s candidacy.

District 1
Longtime representative Patsy Kinsey is getting a serious challenge from Larken Egleston, who is running on a platform of improving Charlotte’s transportation and housing infrastructure. However, we believe Miss Kinsey’s deep understanding of Charlotte and District 1 makes her an effective representative deserving of another term on council.

District 2
We’re backing J’Tanya Adams as the kind of community champion Northwest Charlotte needs.

Miss Adams, an entrepreneur, Seversville resident and president of Historic West End Partners, is a longtime resident who has been intimately involved in issues of importance to the district. As gentrification threatens to overrun Historic West End, we believe Miss Adams is sufficiently engaged with the real concerns of historic neighborhoods that are under increasing pressure to flip as economically upscale residents move in.

District 4
We endorse incumbent Greg Phipps for another term. Mr. Phipps’ profile is relatively low-key, but we find him competent and measured in temperament as well as open to advocacy for communities in Northeast Charlotte. The district, which includes UNC Charlotte as well as struggling neighborhoods, would best served by Mr. Phipps, who brings an even hand to his council duties.

District 5
Matt Newton , 37, has been a progressive proponent of causes, including reforming the Citizens Review Board and has been a member of several local boards. We like Mr. Newton’s energy and passion for boosting economic development in District 5, which has been notoriously slow compared to other parts of the city.

Comments

Bottom line is who is best for district 5. I think the post considered that. You can't always just look at race. PS, I'm black
Posted on September 17, 2017
 
Interesting Choice for Charlottes Historically Black newspaper. Hmmm
Posted on September 11, 2017
 

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