Charlotte’s District 7 candidates near campaign crunch time

Candidates for the Charlotte City Council District 7 seat have a month left to convince Ballantyne residents they’re the right candidate for the job.

Democrat Bakari Burton and Republican Ed Driggs will face each other in the vote on Nov. 5, which will conclude with one filling the seat in December of current councilman Warren Cooksey, who opted not to run for re-election after two terms in office.

Driggs beat Republican opponents in last month’s primary to continue on in the race that has a history of Republican representation. But Burton hopes to convince constituents a Democrat is what the district needs to move forward.

South Charlotte Weekly asked the two candidates their thoughts on local issues and economic development, and candidates responded through email. Find more information on Charlotte City Council at-large, mayor of Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education candidates at www.meckboe.org and by searching “candidates” on our website, www.thecharlotteweekly.com. Many candidates will appear at the Ballantyne Festival candidate forum this weekend.

District 7, Charlotte City Council candidates

Bakari Burton, Democrat
Bakari.burton@gmail.com
www.bakariburton.com
704-951-7393

What is the most important issue that has been expressed to you by potential voters? What do you think should be done to help these residents?

The most important issues being expressed to me are traffic, roads and infrastructure and public safety. I recently met with some local residents and they expressed their concerns about all the development going on in the area; however, they feel as though the traffic issue is not being addressed. I want to address the roads and infrastructure issue facing this district from day one, followed closely by increasing the public safety in this area. When I mention public safety, I do not just mean crime. I am concerned for pedestrians and joggers without the proper sidewalks to meet all the growth in this area. I want the residents to be able to navigate around this district while being safe, whether in a vehicle or on foot.

Do you think a competition between Ballantyne and Uptown for new business is healthy for the city as a whole?

I personally think it is great to have healthy competition between Uptown and Ballantyne for new businesses. With the unemployment rate where it is, the city of Charlotte should welcome businesses to the area. Another thing is it gives potential companies options when looking to grow or expand in this area.

Ed Driggs, Republican
Eddri99@gmail.com
www.eddriggs.com
704-443-8861

What is the most important issue that has been expressed to you by potential voters? What do you think should be done to help these residents?

The biggest concern voiced by voters in District 7 is that they pay too much in taxes and see too little in return. When the gap between the amount paid and the benefit received gets too great, people become resentful and question whether they are being treated fairly. The answer is to maintain tight spending discipline to avoid the need for higher tax rates, and pay some attention to where the money is coming from when establishing spending priorities. Keeping taxes down and being fair about spending are the keys to rapid economic growth and future prosperity – not only for District 7, but for all of Charlotte.

Do you think a competition between Ballantyne and Uptown for new business is healthy for the city as a whole?

Competition is the driving force behind the success of our free enterprise economy. It motivates market participants to improve products, reduce costs and maximize customer satisfaction. Competition between south Charlotte and Uptown pushes both areas to offer better business environments, and the result is that Charlotte is more competitive with other cities when it comes to attracting new businesses and jobs. The Ballantyne and Uptown areas are part of one large economic system, and the success of either one is ultimately beneficial to both.

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