Aug. 11, 2014
Over the course of two Tuesdays, Forum participants heard from five of the six mayoral candidates who face off in their respective primaries Sept. 15. Scott Stone did not attend. Michael Barnes was present Aug. 4, the rest on Aug. 11.
Thus, the candidates faced different questions. In the videos below as they are available, the first two cover presentations. The four from Aug. 11 are shown in the order in which they presented: Clodfelter, Roberts, Peacock and Howard. Barnes’ Aug. 4 presentation follows.
The remaining videos cover the Q&A, first from Aug. 11 with the questions shown in the order in which they were asked. The final video shows Barnes’ responses Aug. 4, when he was at the speaker’s table with Police Chief Kerr Putney. Barnes’ answers are a combination of comments offered in response to questions asked of Putney, and those directed at Barnes.
Q: Didn’t you promise that if you were appointed mayor that you wouldn’t run?
Q: What are your stands on the Gold Line streetcar and on toll lanes?
Q: What’s your stance on the school board’s current look at student assignment?
Q: Are you a mentor to children, and how would you financially support out-of-school programs and the Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance?
Q: You all are for progress. But name one speciic initiative you would bring to the city.
Q: You need to be saying, here’s what I would do as mayor for young people.
Q: If the school board acts to create less segregated schools, what will you do to support the board?
Q: Are there people on that social mobility task force who have lived with the problems the task force will study?
Q: What will you do to help me with business connections to my native Congo? Even a direct flight to Africa would help.
Q: HOw do you feel about the FBI spending, during their investigation, far more than Patrick Cannon stole?
Q: The police chief says he has to be practical. Do you think buying riot gear is a practical use of the city’s money?
Q: When Patrick Cannon resigned, you had an opportunity to be mayor. Why did you not take it?
Q: Politicians love to court out-of-town big corporations. What will you do for small entrepreneurs who are already here?
Q: What’s your position on using workforce and other assisted housing throughout the community to reduce school resegregation?
Q: Would you support a program to identify young men of color as early as junior year of high school who could later help diversify the police department?
Q: How as mayor will you support the many nonprofits that are filling gaps in services?
Q: Would you support the reintroduction of a business incubator in west Charlotte?
Q: Would you support inclusionary zoning?
Q: All of you have been in public service. Could you name one regret, and how you grew from that?
Q: Nonprofits need a single contact within government who can help us find what government can offer us. Who will support that?
The video posted below contains Barnes’ responses Aug. 4, when he was at the speaker’s table with Police Chief Kerr Putney. Barnes’ answers are a combination of comments offered in response to questions asked of Putney, and those directed at Barnes.