Education is still the reason

Dear Friends,

With Tuesday’s primary rapidly approaching, I wanted to take a moment to tell you why I am running to be the next mayor of Charlotte.

I first ran for county commission when my daughter was in elementary school in CMS because I saw an opportunity to help improve our schools for both my daughter and for all of our children.

Education is still the reason I am involved in politics. Ensuring all of our children have access to good schools is the reason I am running for mayor—because having quality schools and after school programs in every corner of our city is the key to unlocking opportunity for every corner of our city. You can trust me to fight to improve our schools because I’ve done it before. As Chairman of the County Commission I improved teacher pay, supported building and renovating schools, and voted to put more nurses in our schools.

As Mayor I’ll work to improve after school programs by raising money to assess and address the gaps in our community. When I am talking to voters every night at their doorsteps, after-school time is what parents keep bringing up as a major concern for their children. After school programs help to ensure that our children have safe, structured environments to develop skills and have extra opportunities to learn. While there are several fantastic programs already working for our children, currently we do not have an organization that monitors and assesses the gaps in our programs. I plan to solve this problem by raising private money to fund an organization that will help steer our precious resources where they are most needed, and I know how to do it because I’ve done it before.

When I was Chairman of the County Commission my friend Crandall Bowles and I heard from the community about the need for more beds for families affected by domestic violence. We went to individuals and businesses and raised $8.1 million to build the domestic violence shelter on West Boulevard. As your mayor I will do that for our children’s after school programs.

My mother taught me that if you really want something you have to work hard for it. That’s what I have always tried to do when representing you. I worked hard as your County Commission Chair to improve funding for our schools, to provide a safe haven for women who needed it, and to create 5,000 new jobs during the worst recession in our lifetimes. I’m working hard in this campaign to earn your support, as I have from the over 1,200 of you who have contributed to our campaign. I will work hard as your mayor to bring opportunity to every child in every corner of our city.

I ask for your prayers, your support, and your vote in Tuesday’sprimary.

Thank you,


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