Recently at the Forum

Announcements

From 7-19-2016 Meeting

Spoken announcements were not taken at the Forum today.

Greg Phipps left an announcement that he and Council member Julie Eiselt will hold a community safety town hall on Thursday, July 28 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Elevation Church University City Campus, 8105 IBM Dr. Details here.

Ben Thalheimer left a request for public support and votes in his campaign on the November ballot for a District Court seat.

Ericka Ellis-Stewart sent in the agenda for the CMS Policy Committee, which meets Wednesday, July 20 at 10 a.m. on the fifth floor of the Government Center.

Kim Ratliff sent in an announcement that Rep. Alma Adams will hold a workshop on applying for federal grants on Friday, July 29 at 10 a.m. at Dream Center Charlotte, 2229 Village Lake Dr. Details here.

Rasheedah Hasan left an announcement that the Charlotte Literary Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 from 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at Little Rock Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St. More info from Hasan at 704-906-0668 or here and on Facebook.

Ericka Ellis-Stewart sent in an announcement that Mental Health America of Central Carolinas will hold Coffee & Conversation events on Monday, July 25 from 4-5 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 10-11 a.m. and Thursday, Sept. 22 from 9-10 a.m., at the MHA offices at 3703 Latrobe Dr. Suite 220 in the conference room. Each event is a “one hour opportunity to hear from one of our MHA Ambassadors who will share their story of mental health recovery, have a stigma breaking conversation about mental illness, and learn more about the work of MHA.” Flier here.

J’Tanya Adams sent in an announcement that Historic West End Partners will sponsor a screening and discussion with Producer Vanessa Perry of “Dog Parks & Coffee Shops: Diversity Seeking In Changing Neighborhoods,” a film about gentrification of Washington, D.C. neighborhoods, on Saturday, July 30 at 10 a.m. at Greater Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church, 727 W. Trade St. Flier here.

Ariel Smith passed along a save-the-date and sponsorship opportunities packet for the 14th Annual UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon at noon on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Charlotte Marriott City Center, 100 W. Trade St. Tickets $125 before Aug. 12, $150 after.

Colette Forrest sent in a flier about a workshop/town hall meeting on “Justice in Charlotte and how we forgive in the face of injustice” sponsored by First United Presbyterian and St. Peter’s Episcopal Churches, to be held Saturday, Aug. 6 from 2-4 p.m. Details on flier.

Joyce Waddell sent in her July 14 Waddell Weekly Bulletin.

Rodney Moore sent in his July 16 “End of Session 2015-2016 Raleigh Report.”

Stephanie Counts sent in a flier for “Coffee and Cultural Connections on Friday, Aug. 26 from 7:30-10 a.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center. Registration and tickets $20 here.

Deborah Walker sent in a copy of her article, “Understanding Generational Differences in the Workplace,” which she wrote for Pride Magazine’s 2016-17 Multicultural Resource Magazine.

Dena Diorio sent in her July 18 Board Bulletin.

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Community Matters

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7-12-2016

Wali Molina, left, and others addressed an upcoming wellness expo, and how parents can find help with college expenses. Then there was discussion of last week’s painful events nationwide.

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6-15-2016

Three development teams presented their plans for the Brooklyn Village redevelopment. BK Partners was selected Wednesday.

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6-7-2016

Lots of speakers took advantage of Open Forum to raise issues for community discussion.

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4-19-2016

Two pastors discussed nontraditional ways in which they are working with their flock to improve Charlotte.

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4-12-2016

Tamika Lewis and Robert Dawkins describe efforts to engage youth in undertaking neighborhood improvements of their choosing.

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4-11-2016

An update on the renovation under way at West Charlotte Recreation Cetner

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3-23-2016

Justin Harlow’s March update for the Five Points Community Collaborative.

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3-1-2016

Malachi Greene was remembered today at his beloved Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum by people touched by a dedicated soul.

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2-23-2016

Elisa Chinn-Gary, Wilhelmenia Rembert and Queen Thompson: Three women who went first.

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2-16-2016

Sarah Stevenson’s message to Charlotte’s young leaders, on the death of MarShawn McCarrel in Ohio.

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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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Community Affairs

Education

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7-19-2016

Google and Read Charlotte officials discuss goals for their programs, and how they are working together.

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5-24-2016

Dream Builders CEO Kenston Griffin uses this exercise to help adults understand how children learn.

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5-24-2016

Dream Builders Communications and Profound Gentlemen offered ideas on what works to improve schools.

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4-26-2016

Carlenia Ivory describes a project working with 21 high school students and their families.

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4-19-2016

CMS Board Chair Mary McCray offered an update on assignment and the superintendent search.

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4-5-2016

Brenda Robinson gave this update on the area visits by the Traveling Space Museum and NASA Space Camp.

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3-22-2016

Dorothy Counts-Scoggins and Bonita Caldwell shared their experiences with leadership.

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3-15-2016

CMS Supt. Ann Clark and CMS Foundation Executive Director Sonja Gantt.

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3-8-2016

Blanche Penn: “I’m a freedom fighter.”

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3-8-2016

James Ford with an update on his job at the N.C. Public School Forum, and a defense of helping children, not blaming them for the lack of support from home.

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3-1-2016

Carlenia Ivory issued an appeal for turnout at a CMS Policy Committee meeting.

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2-23-2016

Former CMS principal Ken Simmons says “bad” schools” serving minority students can be fixed “overnight.”

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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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Education

Housing & Workplace

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6-21-2016

Fulton Meachem and Ken Szymanski, representing two powerful housing interests, discuss affordable housing opportunities in Charlotte.

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4-5-2016

Jason (Jet) Jones brought his teacher (Maria Macon), his singing, his videos and his enthusiasm for an entrepreneurial approach to the world.

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3-22-2016

Bonita Caldwell, president of Beatties Ford Memorial Gardens, shared approaches to business leadership.

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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.

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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.

4-23-2013

Fulton Meachem talks about the Charlotte Housing Authority about 6 months after his arrival as CEO.

3-19-2013

Nicole Dean of Belk’s talks about the retailer’s community involvement and education efforts.

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Housing & Workplace

Health & Etc.

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6-28-2016

Latasha McIlwaine, left, and two other health service providers addressed the Forum.

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5-17-2016

Elana Congress discussed health programs at Care Ring; Eric Montgomery discussed estate planning.

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4-27-2016

Debra Weeks led an update on rebuilding the C.W. Williams Community Health Center.

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4-14-2016

Charlotte Post covers latest developments in revival of C.W. Williams Community Health Center.

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3-29-2016

Participants pulled off a total surprise for the guy usually behind the camera as they celebrated Steve Johnston’s 69th birthday.

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3-8-2016

Lucy Bush Carter describes the work and needs of Charlotte’s meals-on-wheels program.

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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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Health & Etc.

Government & Politics

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5-10-2016

County Manager Dena Diorio brought key staffers to the Forum to let them explain the county’s work.

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5-3-2016

Greg Phipps, city staff and other City Council members helped present a briefing on Charlotte’s proposed budget.

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4-26-2016

LaWana Mayfield gave an impromptu update on a community meeting on the city budget, and developments on West Boulevard corridor.

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4-19-2016

Joel Ford offered an update on issues likely to come up in the legislative short session beginning Monday.

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3-29-2016

An Open Forum began with a discussion of H.B. 2, the “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.”

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2-16-2016

Five trailblazers on the early years of African-American participation in local government, and the work yet to be done.

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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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Government & Politics

Candidates & Ballots

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5-31-2016

Five candidates for Congress on the June 7 primary ballot in Mecklenburg addressed the Forum.

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3-15-2016

Election results in Mecklenburg from March 15 primary.

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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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Candidates & Ballots