Mecklenburg Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Political Action Committee (MeckPAC) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization registered with the North Carolina State Board of Elections. Our mission is to mobilize the LGBT community and its many allies in Mecklenburg County to vote and participate in local elections, to educate locally elected officials about issues of importance to the LGBT community, and to hold elected officials accountable for their votes on such issues. MeckPAC’s local work is crucial to achieving full equality and complements our collaborations with other local, statewide and national organizations.
Meet the MeckPAC Board
Matt Comer is a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., and has called Charlotte home since 2007. Matt has more than a decade of experience in LGBTQ community advocacy, community organizing, journalism and media/marketing strategy. He has worked or volunteered with several LGBTQ organizations regionally and nationally. From 2007-2015, Matt worked as editor of QNotes, Charlotte’s LGBTQ community newspaper. His writing has appeared in a variety of local and national news outlets. Matt’s advocacy work and reporting have also been widely cited by community and mainstream news-media, as well as academic writers. Matt currently works with several clients, as well as volunteering his time with several community organizations and his church, St. John’s Baptist.
Arthur Hartsell was born and raised in Concord, North Carolina. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with a focus in marginalized communities, social policy, and advocacy. Arthur has worked on various issue-based campaigns since 2006, addressing topics such as sex education, reproductive justice, HIV policy, and LGBTQ rights. He has served as a case manager for children in foster care and for adults living with HIV. Currently, Arthur serves as the Western Piedmont regional organizer for Democracy North Carolina, a nonpartisan good-government watchdog group working to reduce barriers of political engagement for those typically disenfranchised, increase voter involvement, and decrease the impact of money in politics. He has worked with MeckPAC as a volunteer for several years and joined the board in November 2016. Arthur looks forward to strengthening community around democracy in the local LGBTQ community, building political power alongside the most marginalized in our community, and increasing transparency and education around local government and LGBTQ advocacy work.
Mohammed Gabriel is a recent graduate of Central Piedmont Community College with an Associates Degree in Biological Sciences. He is currently enrolled at Queens University of Charlotte and is expected to attend Davidson College in the spring, where he will study biology and public health. Mohammed moved to the U.S. in 2013 as an international student, upon which he first learned English, after already mastering Russian and his first language, Arabic. Since moving to the U.S., Mohammed has been involved in a variety of community organizations and initiatives, including serving as CPCC Student Ambassador, where he worked to advocate for continued state funding for North Carolina’s community colleges. Mohammed was also a member of Rotaract and North Carolina Scholars of Global Distinction and recently attended the National Model United Nations at Harvard University. In the past, Mohammed has also volunteered with a variety of political campaigns and GOTV efforts.
Kadean Maddix was born and raised Queens, N.Y., before moving to Loganville, Ga., in 2006. Kadean earned his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science at Emory University. Kadean has been an educator with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools since 2014. He currently teaches 8th Grade Math. Kadean moved to charlotte after being placed there through a national teacher recruitment program. Kadean has worked on several campaigns in Atlanta through his internship with the House Democratic Caucus of Georgia. He is also co-volunteer coordinator for a local city council candidate. Kadean also worked closely with former CMS Superintendent Ann Clark and other CMS district officials on initiatives including student reassignment and teacher incentive programs. Kadean joins the Charlotte MeckPAC board with hopes to advance the cause of the LGBT community through political advocacy and education. His hope is that Charlotte becomes a leading city in the United States and the world known for promoting and advocating for LGBT rights, safe spaces, awareness, and compassion.