Recently at the Forum

Announcements

From 2-9-2016 Meeting

Next week: former Charlotte mayor Harvey Gantt, others.

Larken Egleston announced that the Young, LGBT and Hispanic Democrats organizations would jointly host a candidate forum on Monday, Feb. 29. More details to come.

Gary Leake announced that Trevor Fuller’s State of the County speech will be Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Government Center.

Yolanda Holmes asked for volunteers to proctor tests at schools in the West Mecklenburg feeder pattern. Questions: Sherri Moore by e-mail.

Sherri Moore announced that those who have already volunteered as advisory board members for the West Mecklenburg High School Career and Technical Education Academy, focusing on hospitality and tourism, and business entrepreneurship, will soon receive a written invitation to a March organizational meeting. More volunteers are needed. Questions: E-mail Sherri Moore. Partially built website here.

Nakisa Glover announced that “The Agenda,” the new name for the spinoff from the Forum she and Vakala began last month, will next meet on Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 6-8 p.m. at BluNotes, 3425 David Cox Rd., to discuss “Moving On Up: Who Are Charlotte’s Jeffersons, and What Are We Doing to Create Them.”

Ken Koontz announced that he was taking a get-well card to Malachi Greene, who welcomes calls and visits.

Brenda Robinson announced that Aviation Camps of the Carolinas would host the Traveling Space Museum on April 1-2 at two area airports. Info here. Museum website here.

Ken Simmons announced that the Sankova Consortium involving Gyasi Foluke, Queen Thompson, Maurice Jones and himself would meet with westside CMS parents at the Mecklenburg County Health Department, 2845 Beatties Ford Rd. on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. to discuss student assignment. The room is too small for public participation, he said.

Lesha Dodson announced a free Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS Breakfast hosted by St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church and Carolinas CARE Partnership on Thursday, March 3 from 9:30-11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church, 1600 Norris Ave. Donations accepted. RSVP required to Dodson by e-mail or 704-496-9578. Details here.

Alysia Osborne announced “The Countdown to CIAA,” a seminar on building community wealth and becoming a year-round vendor for the CIAA, on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 1-4 p.m. at the Johnson C. Smith University’s New Science Building Auditorium. Details here. Reservations required here.

Alysia Osborne announced that the Charlotte Center City Partners’ 2016 Vision Awards ceremony would be held on Thursday, April 7 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Convention Center. She said Sarah Stevenson would be among those honored. Flier here.

Thomas Moore announced that the Tuned In Choir will practice at McCreesh Place, 2120 N. Davidson St., on Thursday, Feb 11 from 5:45-6:45 p.m. The choir will perform on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Supporting Housing Communities annual fundraising luncheon.

LaTarzja Henry left a flier about the CMS student assignment survey.

Blanche Penn sent in a photo of a display at the free “Highlighting African-American Achievers” exhibit at Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center. Flier here. The exhibit closes Thursday, Feb. 11. Questions: Penn at 704-432-6775.

Millard McCluney sent in an announcement that the deadline is March 4 for applications from students planning to attend college, technical or vocational schools for Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarships, which range from $500-$3,400 per year. Details here.

Dena Diorio sent in her Feb. 8 Board Bulletin.

Sharon Holm sent in an announcement of Family Day at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art on Saturday, Feb, 13 from noon to 4:30 p.m. Details here.

LaWana Mayfield sent in an announcement that she will hold a District 3 workshop on the city budget on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9 a.m.-noon at the West Service Center, 4150 Wilkinson Blvd. Details here. RSVP to Kim Oliver by e-mail or 704-336-2180.

Joel Ford sent in a copy of the 100-page Feb. 5 U.S. District Court opinion in Harris v McCrory that invalidated the voting maps in the 1st and 12th Congressional Districts.

Dee Jones sent in a save-the-date for the March 5 N.C. Democrats’ Annual Sanford Hunt Frye Reception in Charlotte. Tickets $40 to $5,000 here.

Monika Rhue sent in details on Black History Month events on the Johnson C. Smith University campus on Feb. 10, Feb. 17 and Feb. 25.

Rob Hillman sent in an announcement of Charlotte’s 21st Annual Taste of the Nation on Monday, April 18 from 6-9:30 p.m. at Fillmore Charlotte, 820 Hamilton St. Tickets for $85-$120 here. Proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and Community Culinary School of Charlotte.

Betty Howell Gray sent in an announcement of a Community Town Hall Forum on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 5-8 p.m. at UNCC Center City Building, on issues on educational equity in CMS along with solutions on empowering males of color to meet high standards of achievement. Details here.

Laura Clark sent in the Feb. 8 edition of the Renaissance West Community Initiative newsletter.

Jane Whitley sent in an announcement that Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Asian Library, 1339 Baxter St. Details here.

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Announcements Archive

Community Matters

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1-25-2016

Charles Thomas named program director for Knight Foundation in Charlotte.

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1-19-2016

Willie Ratchford welcomed the Forum to its new home at Belmont Regional Center at 700 Parkwood Ave.

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1-12-2016

CIAA staff present on the upcoming basketball tournament in Charlotte

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1-7-2016

Tommie Robinson to be on Rachel Martin’s Sunday Jan. 10 radio show on NPR.

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1-5-2016

The Forum moves Jan. 19 to the Belmont Regional Center, 700 Parkwood Ave., Sarah Stevenson announced.

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12-15-2015

The Tuned In Choir helped make the 2015 Forum Christmas Party a festive gathering.

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11-24-2015

Co-chairs of the Opportunity Task Force explain what they’ve learned about economic mobility.

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11-19-2015

Long-delayed renovation at West Charlotte Rec Center may start in January.

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11-19-2015

QCityMetro profiles J’Tanya Adams’ work spearheading Saturday’s Internet and Computer Bazaar to provide more low-income families access to the Internet.

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11-19-2015

Charlotte Post outlines education workshops about upcoming Kwanzaa celebration.

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10-24-2015

Observer profiles Sarah Stevenson on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

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10-20-2015

Sean Garrett, six months into the top job at United Way of Central Carolinas, pitched community conversations and rebuilding action for community improvement.

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8-13-2015

Malcolm Graham writes about the Charleston murders, the loss of his sister, and the appropriate response.

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8-11-2015

Georgia Ferrell, mother of Jonathan Ferrell, and her son Willie thanked Charlotteans who have supported them during the Kerrick trial.

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7-28-2015

Sarah Stevenson asked for help raising money for tuition and fees for two South African students heading to the States to attend Johnson C. Smith University.

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7-23-2015

A self-appointed group of 26 Charlotte mostly business leaders will meet four times a year to address community issues they choose to tackle.

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7-17-2015

Advice from Marian Wright Edelman’s guest, Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, on handling anger over discrimination.

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7-2-2015

Jeremiah Chapman calls on a multiracial audience to participate in rebuilding the Briar Creek Road Baptist Church as a multiracial act of unity.

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6-29-2015

JCSU President Ron Carter said Monday night that Tuesday would bring a major announcement about the future of the Beatties Ford corridor.

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6-27-2015

Michael Curry, currently bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, is first African-American elected to head the national Episcopal church.

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Community Affairs

Education

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2-9-2016

CMS officials pitch participation in student assignment survey.

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1-31-2016

Take the community online survey designed to assist the school board redesign CMS student assignment.

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1-19-2016

Five speakers including Kayla Romero argued OneMeck’s case for schools that work for all children.

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11-24-2015

Brenda Robinson, an African-American “first,” uses her aviation experience to give back to young people.

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11-17-2015

Carlenia Ivory and Dr. Yolonda Holmes make plea for mentors at West Meck High.

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11-10-2015

Terrell Ivory discusses his recruitment of minority students to Phillips Academy in Massachusetts.

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9-22-2015

Queen Thompson on why CMS is naming a new school for her grandfather, Lawrence Orr.

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9-22-2015

Ken Simmons led a group presentation on appoaches to education at majority-African American schools.

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9-8-2015

Janeen Bryant and six other candidates for CMS Board of Education.

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9-1-2015

N.C. Sen. Joel Ford claims CMS hiring freeze; Supt. Ann Clark says it applies only to teaching assistants.

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8-25-2015

Portia Motsapi thanks donors who helped raise tuition money for her first semester at JCSU.

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7-7-2015

Munro Richardson is in a listening phase as head of new Read Charlotte initiative to improve proficiency by third grade.

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5-5-2015

Video of “A Dream Again Deferred?”, a look back and forward about how segregation and resegregation played out in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

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4-16-2015

An archive of material on the CMS budget, from various sources.

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4-14-2015

Tom Hanley on first year at Commonwealth High, a for-profit high school succeeding with dropouts.

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3-24-2015

Supt. Ann Clark on why she does what she does, on leadership, and on the issues of the day.

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3-17-2015

Connie Sessoms Jr. says CMS Driver’s Ed will reach fewer teens if fees rise to cover costs.

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3-10-2015

Mary McCray said the CMS school board would start by consulting the community as it begins the search for a new long-term superintendent.

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2-10-2015

Amid requests for mentoring and support, Forum participants raise questions about who’s in charge at West Charlotte High.

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1-20-2015

“Highlighting African-American Achievers” is Feb. 19-21.

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Education

Housing & Workplace

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2-2-2016

Juanita Miller, left, Carolyn Logan and Ken Koontz discussed making their way in organizations once closed to African-Americans.

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1-5-2016

Urban League CEO Dr. Patrick Graham on how League works inside for progress.

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7-28-2015

Entrepreneurial business owners and executives share some of their experiences.

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6-23-2015

Laura Clark and Christian Friend outline rebuilding efforts at old Boulevard Homes public housing site.

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6-9-2015

Officials from Charlotte Works called on CMS, CPCC and employers to make time for youth to learn work skills.

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5-12-2015

Google Fiber staffers on the status of the rollout of gigabyte-speed Internet access in Charlotte.

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4-14-2015

Dale Mullennix on Housing First, a trailblazing effort to end chronic homelessness.

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2-24-2015

Bob Morgan, president of the Charlotte Chamber, painted a picture of a diverse, growing city and a chamber trying to change with it.

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11-11-2014

Lucy Bush Carter, executive director of Friendship Trays, made this presentation Tuesday about the launch Wednesday of a new culinary job training program.

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9-2-2014

The Young Entrepreneurs Network is helping young business owners learn the ropes.

Breaking Barriers
2-11-2014

Anna Hood and Fannie Flono discuss breaking down barriers in the workplace.

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9-22-2013

Henry Rock wants to train Charlotteeans to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

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9-17-2013

Three speakers from different organizations focus on minority inclusion in the workplace.

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Housing & Workplace

Health & Etc.

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12-1-2015

Dr. Deborah Walker summarized her four-day presentation on diversity, multiculturalism, equity and inclusion.

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11-17-2015

Care Ring navigator Elana Congress summarizes upcoming deadlines under Affordable Care Act.

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10-19-2015

News outlets report on C.W. Williams Health Center audit going to commissioners.

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9-17-2015

Local papers write about situation at C.W. Williams Community Health Center.

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6-30-2015

Three nonprofits collaborate to provide medical care and medications to those without other options.

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5-26-2015

Training is available from Mental Health America of Central Carolinas to help spot mental health issues among family, friends and colleagues.

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4-21-2015

Staff from Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency described their efforts to assist sickle cell patients, and educate the public on disease.

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4-2-2015

Charlotte artist Tommie Robinson’s 2015 exhibition at Latibah Collard Green Museum featured the Environmental Series canvases that were part of his recent work as UNCC artist-in-residence.

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3-31-2015

Debra Weeks, new CEO of C.W. Williams Community Health Center.

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1-20-2015

Sandra Clory announced a Tai Chi class she is teaching at Myers Park Baptist Church.

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1-6-2015

Desmond Wiggan described investment services available from Primerica.

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12-9-2014

Nelson Adesegha on fallout from Chapter 11 filing at C.W. Williams Community Health Center.

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11-25-2014

Johnson C. Smith University to present one of its Arch of Triumph Awards to the Forum at its annual gala in April 2015.

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11-18-2014

Terry Ellington and Lesha Dodson on HIV/AIDS in Charlotte and the Carolinas, and the work of Carolinas Care Partnership.

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11-11-2014

Nelson Adesegha and Laurissa Adams-Hunt, board members for ailing C.W. Williams Community Health Center, offered an update on the center’s “reorganization.”

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10-7-2014

Radio personality Travis “Church Boy” Gilliam headlines session on the perils of unacknowledged depression.

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6-17-2014

Velma Love describes the Lee Thompson Young Foundation’s aims to improve public awareness of mental health issues.

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4-29-2014

Mary Johnson’s partisan endorsements while facilitating a Forum meeting brought a statement from Forum co-founder Sarah Stevenson.

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4-15-2014

Leon Burton, who became CEO of C.W. Williams Community Health Center April 1, joins Mark Batson and Laura McClettie in outlining efforts to sign people up for the Affordable Care Act.

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4-1-2014

Sylvia Grier is among interviews in WTVI feature about grandparents, even great-grandparents raising youngsters.

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Health & Etc.

Government & Politics

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2-9-2016

Delegation of mayors from Albania explain their U.S. visit.

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1-26-2016

Four African-American women who went first reflect on where they’ve been, and where things stand today.

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1-19-2016

Kevin Tully explained the role public defenders play in making the criminal justice system work for all.

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12-8-2015

Alysia Osborne outlined work undertaken by Historic West End Initiative; legislative leaders reported on the concluded session, and on efforts to inspire voter turnout.

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11-17-2015

Open Forum included comments by Commissioners Chair Trevor Fuller about the difficult community issues that lie ahead.

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11-10-2015

Mecklenburg legislators give an update on the recently completed General Assembly session in Raleigh.

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11-10-2015

County Manager Dena Diorio reported on leadership changes, renovations and reorganizations.

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8-25-2015

Rhonda Foxx announces a Sept. 1 community forum at Rep. Alma Adams’ Charlotte office.

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8-4-2015

Kerr Putney, new Charlotte-Meclenburg Chief of Police, spotlights the need for officers to know their community.

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7-21-2015

Staff and City Council members explained transit plans for Charlotte, and the financing difficulties ahead.

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7-14-2015

Mecklenburg Republicans say the party is changing with the passing of a generation.

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6-16-2015

Retiring CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe and District Attorney Andrew Murray.

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6-9-2015

Vi Lyles, David Howard and Michael Barnes lay out differences on city budget vote.

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6-2-2015

Officers from Mecklenburg, 12th District and 9th District Democratic Parties outlined party strategy.

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5-26-2015

Joel Ford issues a call for black elected officials to work together.

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5-19-2015

Darrell Gregory reviewed efforts by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council to funnel assistance to groups making a real impact with at-risk juveniles.

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5-5-2015

Warren Cooksey and Jean Leier with an update on the N.C. project to add toll lanes on I-77.

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5-5-2015

City staff and elected officials offer a primer in Manager Ron Carlee’s city budget proposal.

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4-28-2015

Four commissioners address county issues of the day, including elections, budgets, social mobility.

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4-21-2015

Vi Lyles explains Council thinking on moving garbage collection costs to the property tax.

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Government & Politics

Candidates & Ballots

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1-26-2016

Links to short presentations by candidates on the March 15 primary ballot.

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11-17-2015

Candidates for public office announce their intentions for 2016.

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11-3-2015

Election 2015 results.

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10-27-2015

Jennifer Roberts, Edwin Peacock answer questions at the Forum a week before the Charlotte mayoral election.

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10-13-2015

District candidates for Charlotte City Council.

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10-6-2015

Candidates for at-large seats on Charlotte City Council.

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9-29-2015

Dan Clodfelter, facing an Oct. 6 primary, spoke about mayor’s role and his plans for a full term. He was joined by GOP Council candidate John Powell.

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9-8-2015

Janeen Bryant and six other candidates for CMS Board of Education.

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9-1-2015

Five of the seven candidates in District City Council contests on the Sept. 15 primary ballot.

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8-25-2015

Laurence Bibbs, Bruce Clark, Julie Eiselt and Claire Fallon on Council at-large primary.

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8-18-2015

Seven of the 12 at-large candidates in the Sept. 15 City Council primary.

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8-11-2015

Five of the six candidates for Charlotte mayor in the September primaries make their case, answer questions.

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11-18-2014

Alicia Brooks thanked supporters for help during her election to be a District Court judge.

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11-11-2014

Resident Superior Court Judge Linwood Foust comments on changing demographics on the local bench.

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11-4-2014

Here are the winners of 2014 elections in Mecklenburg and North Carolina.

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10-28-2014

John Arrowood is one of 19 candidates for a single N.C. Court of Appeals seat.

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10-28-2014

Mark Davis, running for re-election to N.C. Court of Appeals, encourages listeners to vote their interests.

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10-21-2014

Irwin Carmichael and Chris Hailey spar over their proposals for the Sheriff’s Department.

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10-21-2014

Alma Adams is the Greensboro Democrat who won the Democratic nomination for the 12th District and faces Republican Vince Coakley on Nov. 4.

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10-21-2014

Martha Efird and Elisa Chinn Gary, candidates for Mecklenburg Clerk of Superior Court

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Candidates & Ballots