Aug. 18, 2015
Seven of the candidates involved in a Sept. 15 Democratic primary for four Charlotte City Council at-large seats addressed the Forum today. The remaining candidates have been invited to attend the Aug. 25 Forum.
Below are seven videos, two from the 3-minute presentations, the remainder from the Q&A that followed the presentations.
Presentations: Sean Gautam, Shawn Greeson, Mo Idlibby
Presentations: Vi Lyles, James Mitchell, Darrell Bonapart, Billie Maddelon
Q: For first-time candidates: Why should the voters believe what you say?
Q: What would you do on council to help CMS get the diversity in all schools to avoid concentrations of poverty and resegregation?
Q: How would you improve my life and the life of my son?
Q: Would you rubberstamp city staff recommendations, or do your own research too?
Q: Would you support subpoena power for the Citizens Review Board that reviews policing issues?
Q: During the Great Recession, stimulus went to big businesses. Would you support giving stimulus to small businesses here?
Q: Would you support having the city issue municipal IDs?
Q: How have you learned from nonprofits that are already working in the areas of your platform?
Q: I believe the school issue is not diversity but the failure to put resources in schools where they’re needed. Would you agree?
Q: You all say neighborhoods need to be more diverse. There have been Council efforts in the past to do that. Why did those efforts fail?
Q: Name one vision you have for Charlotte.