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Quizzing elected officials

Feb. 2, 2010

In a jam-packed two hours, the Forum on Tuesday heard from seven elected officials serving on the CMS school board, City Council, County Commission and the N.C. House of Representatives.

Come into the room and listen to what these elected officials had to say on a range of topics. The speakers are listed in the order in which they spoke. Under each name are lines summarizing the questions the speakers were asked. Click on a line to open a new window with an audio file you can listen to. Each audio file represents the entire answer given, unedited. The numbers in parentheses represent the length of each file, in minutes. Each audio file is mounted on a separate page to minimize download times.

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Richard McElrath

 

McElrath represents District 2 on the CMS School Board.

 

1. Is CMS spending  large sums in high-poverty schools in order to educate or to maintain segregation? (2:00)


2. On equity and teacher assignment (1:15)

 

3. School boundary debates as symptomatic of system of good schools and bad schools. (2:10)

 

4. On building consensus to close the gap. (1:50)

 

5. Performance-based pay must work for parents of District 2. (:50)

 

6. On whether African-Americans should abandon CMS as a Eurocentric school system that harms black children. (:50)

 

7. On declaring vocational education as core classes so they won't be cut in budget. (1:20)

 


 



Michael Barnes

Barnes represents District 4 on the Charlotte City Council.

 

1. Opening statement: City budget not bleak. (1:50)

 

2. On traffic jams on Back Creek, Rocky River, Hood, Caldwell Roads. (2:10)

 

3. On his race to be elected District Attorney. (1:12)

 

4. On full-time workload for Council members. (2:05)

 

 

 

 

 

 


 





Patrick Cannon

 

Cannon is an at-large representative on the Charlotte City Council.

 

1. Opening statement: Rape crimes; predatory towing; Council 4-year terms. (5:10)

 

2. On whether Council at-large could be 4-year terms and Council district seats 2-year terms. (2:16)

 

3. Would four-year terms bring full-time Council service and higher costs for staff? (2:05)

 

4. What about full-time pay for full-time service on Council? (:45)


 

 


 

 

 

Kelly Alexander

 

Alexander represents District 107 in the N.C. House of Representatives.

 

1. On pushing City Council to put local needs on its legislative agenda; and on redirecting federal dollars to small business. (2:40)

 

2. On term limits and keeping officeholders accountable. (3:15)

 

3. On N.C. revenue shortfall; new tax increase unlikely; stimulus money won't last. (3:15)

 

4. Responding to assertion of "savage inequalities" inflicted on African-Americans and lack of leadership; recollections on aftermath of the bombing of his family's home in 1960s. (1:55)

 


 



Harold Cogdell

 

Cogdell is an at-large representative on the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.

 

1. Opening statement: Difficult budget cycle; school achievement data; economic development and type of jobs being added (4:20)

 

2. On four-year terms and a two-term limit (1:55)

 

3. Response to McElrath on value of vocational education (1:10)

 

4. Responding to assertion of "savage inequalities" inflicted on African-Americans and lack of leadership. (2:30)



 

 


Dan Murrey

 

Murrey is an at-large representative on the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.

 

 

1. Opening statement: New approach to budget discussion; how to collaborate with school board; connecting human services, creating a communitywide vision, for human services, and how to finance them. (6:35)

 

2. On four-year terms and a two-term limit (1:25)

 

3. Response to McElrath on value of vocational education (1:10)

 

4. Responding to assertion of "savage inequalities" inflicted on African-Americans and lack of leadership; about growing up in the birthplace of Ku Klux Klan. (2:10)

 



 


Vilma Leake

 

Leake represents District 2 on the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.

 

 

1. On coordinating county services with the private sector to provide homeless services. (4:35)

 

2. On four-year terms and a two-term limit (1:40)

 

3. On use of testing (:50)

 

 

4. On whether county officeholders should be part-time or full-time, and on all-at-large elections (1:05)

 

5. On group researching how to improve the life of young black males (2:05)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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