MeckPAC has released its endorsements for Charlotte’s Mayoral and City Council races. The endorsements are made in partnership with Equality NC, North Carolina’s statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization. MeckPAC also joined with the Human Rights Campaign in the mayoral endorsement.
MeckPAC’s and Equality NC’s shared slate of mayoral and council endorsements ensures our city can continue moving forward on non-discrimination protections, LGBTQ inclusivity measures and other actions that will make our city a more welcoming place for all people. Our endorsements also ensure that a pro-equality Council remains accountable to the needs of the most marginalized members of our community.
Since the HB2 debate last spring and then through the Charlotte Uprising last fall, we have seen tremendously important intersectional issues come to the forefront of community debate here in Charlotte. LGBTQ people — especially youth, transgender people and people of color — are disproportionately affected by issues like stifled economic opportunity and mobility, lack of affordable housing and the absence of criminal justice reform.
In the mayor’s race, MeckPAC endorsed incumbent Jennifer Roberts. Under Roberts’ leadership, Charlotte City Council successfully passed fully LGBTQ-inclusive, comprehensive non-discrimination protections. Roberts remained steadfast and outspoken in her support for comprehensive non-discrimination protections, even in the face of tremendous pressure from state legislative leaders, then-Gov. Pat McCrory and some in the business community.
While Roberts has proven herself a stalwart ally to the LGBTQ community, and MeckPAC encourages our supporters to cast their votes for her, MeckPAC also believes, as we have consistently since our formation in 1998, in the importance of continued accountability for our elected officials. We encourage Mayor Roberts to find new and improved ways of being accountable to all marginalized members of our local community, most especially communities of color. Last fall’s Charlotte Uprising, and the city’s response to the protests, have shown us most clearly that communities of color continue to be disproportionately and negatively affected by interactions with police and the criminal justice system and in their access to affordable housing, economic opportunity and economic mobility.
City Council Endorsements
In City Council races, MeckPAC endorsed: Julie Eiselt, At-Large; Ryan McGill, At-Large; James Mitchell, At-Large; Braxton Winston, At-Large; Patsy Kinsey, District 1; Justin Harlow, District 2; LaWana Mayfield, District 3; Wil Russell, District 4; and Matt Newton, District 5.
Each of our endorsed candidates for Mayor and Charlotte City Council have shown themselves to be outstanding leaders and allies in the movement for LGBTQ equality and share MeckPAC’s vision for future momentum on LGBTQ inclusion in the Queen City. Each of our endorsed candidates also know and understand that the LGBTQ community has an important stake in the city’s critical conversations on affordable housing, economic opportunity, and criminal justice reform, which will move Charlotte forward as a more equitable, more accessible and more welcoming city for all people, regardless of race, income, sexual orientation or gender identity.
2017 MeckPAC Voter Guide
MeckPAC has endorsed incumbent Jennifer Roberts in the race for mayor.
MeckPAC has issued a “warning” for Joel Ford. MeckPAC strongly discourages support for this candidate. Read more about our warning and Ford’s anti-LGBTQ record.
City Council At-Large
- Julie Eiselt
- Ryan McGill
- James Mitchell
- Braxton Winston
City Council Districts
- Patsy Kinsey, District 1
- Justin Harlow, District 2
- LaWana Mayfield, District 3
- Wil Russell, District 4
- Matt Newton, District 5
Polls are open Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 6:30am-7:30pm
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