Why I'm Running for Mecklenburg County Commission

Welcome to my website.  I came to Charlotte in 1990 and was the founder and owner of Talley's Green Grocery, Charlotte's first natural foods supermarket (1991-2008).  I was passively interested in politics for many years, but after enduring the 8 year national disaster that was the Bush administration in Washington, I decided it was time to get involved.  In 2008 I was elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from the North Carolina 9th district. After the convention I worked for Harry Taylor's campaign for congress in the NC 9th district.

In 2009 I was a candidate for Charlotte City Council from District 7, and my campaign helped give attention to the needs of small businesses in Charlotte.

In March 2010 I was appointed by the Charlotte City Council to a 3 year term on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee and in 2013 I was reappointed to another 3 year term.

Since 2010 I have been a precinct chair, Secretary, 1st Vice Chair and Chair of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party, a member of the North Carolina Democratic Party State Executive Committee and President of the Mecklenburg County Senior Democrats.

I am currently Secretary of the North Carolina Small Business Democrats, an auxiliary of the North Carolina Democratic Party.

Through my involvement I found that one person can make a difference. The problem is that one person is not enough to make all the changes that are needed.

As County Commission Chair Trevor Fuller recently noted in his State of the County speech, Mecklenburg County is prosperous, but not everyone in the county shares in that prosperity.  Our challenge is to change that through investing in our community institutions.  I fully support Chairman Fuller's call to provide universal pre-K education to all children in Mecklenburg County and to end homelessness.

Unfortunately, one of the major components of economic disparities in our community is race.  Though there are efforts being made to root out the implicit racism in our government institutions, much more has to be done.   Republican commissioners have stated that every child in Mecklenburg County needs to be able to get a quality education at any school.  I agree, but this can not be accomplished unless it is funded and currently, schools in our challenged communities are not receiving the funding needed to provide quality education, both through teacher pay that will attract the quality teachers needed, and in facilities support.
 

2016 Election Schedule

Primary Election (no primary for District 5)
Monday, January 25, 2016 Absentee Voting by Mail Begins
Friday, February 19, 2016 Voter Registration Deadline
Thursday, March 3, 2016 One-stop Voting Begins
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 Last Day to Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail
Saturday, March 12, 2016 (1:00 pm) One-stop Voting Ends
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (5:00 pm) Last Day to Return an Absentee Ballot by Mail
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Primary Election Day

Statewide General Election
Friday, September 9, 2016 Absentee Voting by Mail Begins
Friday, October 14, 2016 Voter Registration Deadline
Thursday, October 27, 2016 One-stop Voting Begins
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 Last Day to Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail
Saturday, November 5, 2016 (1:00 pm) One-stop Voting Ends
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 (5:00 pm) Last Day to Return an Absentee Ballot by Mail
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Election Day