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Mecklenburg County Commissioner (District 5)

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    Susan B. Harden
    (Dem)

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    Matthew Ridenhour
    (Rep)

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Biographical Information

What are your top 2 or 3 priorities for action on the Commission? (40 words maximum)

What policies should the county pursue to improve the affordability of housing? (30 words maximum)

What policies should be pursued to promote job development and equal employment opportunities? (30 words maximum)

What is your stance on the county’s current or future collaboration with federal immigration enforcement? (30 words maximum)

How will you ensure community transparency and accountability for the Sheriff's Department? (30 words maximum)

Experience (35 words max) A 30 year resident and community leader. Since 2008, I have worked as a professor of education, teaching the teachers of tomorrow. Prior to 2008, I worked at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library doing strategic planning.
3 favorite endorsements for this election Charlotte-Mecklenburg Association of Educators (CMAE); MeckPAC
Susan Harden's priorities are education, healthcare, a clean environment, and keeping the county affordable especially for middle income families and seniors.
The county should be a partner with the City, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and industry and non-profit partners and pursue strategies to provide county land or co-locate supportive services.
Susan Harden supports education, equity, and affordability and the pathway to strong job development and promotion. A highly educated community attracts and retains good jobs and companies.
Susan Harden would support Mecklenburg County working with federal authorities to reform immigration enforcement toward more welcoming policies.
Susan Harden strongly supports participation in programs like Race Matters for Juvenile Justice. I would require routine and detailed accounting and reporting of interactions and more intensive citizen oversight.
Experience (35 words max) I served for 11 years in the Marine Corps, and am a risk manager in the financial industry, focusing on third party risk. Currently serving my third term as a County Commissioner.
3 favorite endorsements for this election The Honorable Tariq Bokhari, the Honorable Ed Driggs, the Honorable Kenny Smith
Foremost, I believe we need to tackle the affordability of Mecklenburg--this encompasses housing, tax rate, and cost of living. Additionally, I would like us to accelerate greenway construction. This benefits the community's health, and provides transit options.
The tax rate affects housing affordability for everyone, including renters--the rate needs to be affordable. Also, we can ensure that properties we develop are aggressive in the % of affordable units included.
As Chair of the Economic Development Committee, we have implemented a small biz concierge service to mentor & grow small biz. We are exploring a small biz loan fund. We now have tools to recruit and retain biz.
The county does not collaborate with federal immigration enforcement. The Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Department does, and that organization is managed by its own elected official, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff.
The county does not have any authority in the operations of the Sheriff's Department. The Sheriff's Department is a separate entity from the county, and is managed by the elected Mecklenburg County Sheriff.