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Month: October 2015

Russo running unopposed for District 2 seat

Anthony Russo   Age: 50 Occupation: Health Care/Business Analyst Family: Daughter, Isabella, second grader at Washington Elementary Why are you running for this position? To bring fiscal responsibility and common sense back to city council and to make a difference in our community. What makes you qualified to represent the citizens of Charlotte? I have lived half of my life in this wonderful city and bring 50 years of life experience to the position. What are three key concerns facing your district and how can they be addressed? Current council’s spending habits — hence the comment about common sense and fiscal responsibility. Overall economic condition of the city — develop plans to bring new residents and new businesses to our city while developing the downtown business district. Current council’s decisions and processes — Use a common sense approach and sound spending and business practices when operating the city. How can people learn more about you and your campaign? Well, as far as the campaign goes, its just my daughter and I. We’ve done a little bit of door-to-door to get my name out to the public, but since I am running unopposed, we haven’t been hitting the pavement too hard. People are welcome to write me with any questions or concerns they have at the city council e-mail address that will be setup after November 3....

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Mitchell running unopposed for District 1 seat

Bill Mitchell Age: 63 Occupation: Retired: Mechanical Designer, Part time: Instructional Electrical Lab Technician at Lansing Community College Family:  Wife of 40 years, Carol Mitchell; son, Justin Mitchell; daughter, Carli Silvas; grandchildren, Hayden, Leah, and Charlotte Mitchell, and Avery and Cruz Silvas. Why are you running for this position? It never occurred to me to run for elected office until I started attending city council meetings and witnessed the questionable manor in which the tax dollars of the citizens of Charlotte are spent. I decided that it was my duty to attempt to stem this practice. The restoration of our city council to a more responsible body that represents the needs of the citizens of our wonderful city became my goal. What makes you qualified to represent the citizens of Charlotte? I have owned a home here in Charlotte for 23 years. I have had two children graduate from Charlotte High School, so I know and understand many of the issues germane to many of the citizens of Charlotte. I am semi-retired so I have the time to study the important issues and act on them with the best interest of the City of Charlotte and its citizens in mind. What are three key concerns facing your district and how can they be addressed? One of my main concerns is, as I am sure it is with most citizens, is the condition of the streets...

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Bahmer, Dyer square off for At-Large seat

Information on each of the candidates running for Charlotte City Council At-Large is listed below in alphabetical order — Chris Bahmer and Branden Dyer. Chris Bahmer Age: Occupation: Mechanic at Tim’s Auto Repair Family: Why are you running for this position? A draw for me to get in the race is that I believe everyone fortunate enough to be an American is indebted to serve our country. The logical place where this can be achieved is in the local community. Another primary reason is that, being a lifelong resident, I am passionate about Charlotte’s future wellbeing. I want to give residents a clear choice this election. I disagree with many of Mr. Dyer’s votes on critical issues and believe the people should have the option to take a different path. What makes you qualified to represent the citizens of Charlotte? Serving on the planning commission has taught me to a lot about city zoning, governmental procedure, and firm, yet proper etiquette for a board member. It has enabled me to be ready to take the next step to city council. What are the three key concerns facing your district and how can they be addressed? Prioritizing our tax dollars so that we are funding the core responsibilities of municipal government. This issue is fairly straightforward. Essentially, city council needs to conduct its finances in the same manner as a...

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Johnston, Wyszynski square off for District 2 seat

Information on each of the candidates running for Charlotte City Council District 2 is listed below in alphabetical order — Brand Johnston and James Wyszynski. Brad Johnston         Age: 39 Occupation: Family: Wife and three children Why are you running for this position? Charlotte has provided a safe and enriching environment to grow up in. I want this to continue for generations to come. Giving back through service to this community gives me a sense of fulfillment and pride. I am running for this position because I want the future of this community to be brighter than ever. What makes you qualified to represent the citizens of Charlotte? I have served on the council for nearly a year now. Previous to that I, served on the planning commission. I believe that my experience in service makes me the most qualified candidate. I also believe that my voting record exemplifies the will, desire, and values of the citizens that I represent. What are three key concerns facing your district and how can they be addressed? Clearly roads are the key concern. It is a hot topic and it is brought up frequently. This concern for road/infrastructure repair needs to be addressed head on. I think the city and council are going to have to dedicate more resources at the expense of some other projects/ventures in the next budget. Public Safety is...

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4 candidates vying for mayoral seat

Information on each of the candidates running for Mayor of the City of Charlotte are listed below in alphabetical order — Joe Daly, Tim Lewis, Yvonne Ridge and Zachary Story. Joseph Daly             Age: 22 Years Old Occupation: Insurance Agent at Russell & Schrader Ins. Agency Family: Dan and Jody Daly (Dad/Mom), Dan Daly Jr. (Brother) Why are you running for this position? I am running for Mayor of Charlotte because I love this community and want it to become everything we as citizens want it to become. I want this community to be represented by an individual who will work hard to assure our residents that their voice, thoughts, and ideas are not only heard by the council but also discussed. Furthermore, I want to bridge the gap between our council and the citizens to prove government can work and instill trust back into a broken system. What makes you qualified to represent the citizens of Charlotte? My experience in government is quite limited. I have not been on any local committees, nor have I served on council before. What I can offer is a fresh, energized mind that is ready to face our city’s battles head on to find specific solutions. I believe I have an unparrelled ablitity to bring those on different sides of an issue together, in order to find common ground and formulate solutions. What...

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