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School choice is a right of every parent and that should never be infringed upon. No parent should be forced to send their child to a failing school because of their address. This is an issue close to my wife and I and to the families I have had the privilege to have spoken with. This is an issue I promise you I will fight to keep!

* Not many people know that Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) controls Huntersville's public schools. HB 514 passed March 29th 2017 to give power back to Huntersville to operate its own charter school: House Bill 514 In response to the passage of this bill, CMS has attempted to repeal it: CMS repeal attempt CMS has went as far as to file a lawsuit to block the bill: CMS lawsuit

Property taxes should remain low to encourage growth that benefits the community at large. As Huntersville has grown Mecklenburg County has been actively pursuing property tax increases: Mecklenburg wants to raise taxes If our taxes are going to increase, then our schools, roads and parks should reflect the increases.

 I believe in the survival of small businesses as essential to the the traditions of small towns and communities. As such, I want those businesses to operate in an environment that is friendly to them and provides an environment for them to create jobs.

There are few things in life that are more frustrating than battling traffic. The roads in Huntersville need to support the population growth. The roads should have shoulders and more turn lanes to reduce the congestion on the city streets and outlets. There should be more bike lanes to increase the safety of cyclists who currently share narrow roads with motor vehicles. I have a 5 point plan to fix the traffic mess once and for all!!!

Expanding our parks and encouraging redevelopment is a key solution to keeping Huntersville beautiful. Losing our tree canopy to housing developments and commercial buildings without planning for the increases in traffic is irresponsible. We should ensure turn lanes are created for safe entry into newly developed areas and designate more wooded lands as sanctuaries not to be developed.

As someone who lives close to the pipeline spill, I will fight for Colonial Pipeline to be held responsible for any long term affects to impacted homeowners and residents. No company or corporation should be allowed to allow antiquated equipment harm the environment and put our health at risk without being held civilly responsible - I will take the fight against them wherever I need to!



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