Local & State
|Peebles gears up to challenge Carney for NC House seat|
|First-time candidate running in District 102|
|Published Wednesday, December 4, 2019 12:13 pm|
|COURTESY JONATHAN PEEBLES|
|Jonathan Peebles is challenging nine-term incumbent Democrat Becky Carney for the North Carolina House District 102 seat.|
A first-time political candidate is challenging longtime incumbent Becky Carney for the N.C. House seat.
Jonathan Peebles, the development and operations director at the Latin American Coalition, is running against Carney in House District 102 in his first campaign for elected office. Carney is one of the most senior members of the Mecklenburg County delegation, elected to her first term in 2002.
A native of Springfield, Virginia, a suburb of Washington D.C., Peebles graduated Old Dominion University in Norfolk and moved to Charlotte in 2012. He decided to pursue a master’s degree in public administration at UNC Charlotte, where he gained experience working in areas of nonprofit services, equity, and economic development.
“With a population of more than 90,000 individuals and as one of the most diverse districts in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina House District 102 requires a representative whose experiences are reflective of the people,” Peebles said in a statement, “because for too long, important decisions have been made by people who historically hold the most power and who do not reflect our community.”
Peebles is a member of the Black Political Caucus, president of the Young Democrats of Mecklenburg, and Eastside Education Think Tank Committee.
On his campaign website, Peebles regards the diversity of voices in the political process as essential in making policies that benefit everyone, noting decreased funding and neglect of schools and neighborhoods, increased community segregation and bias as evidence of the disconnect between elected leaders and constituents.
“We must elect authentic leaders to our local offices,” Peebles said. “Leaders willing to work and be held accountable. Leaders who will establish clear agendas and use their voices to ensure laws and policies reflect the needs and values of their constituents.”
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