Commission Candidates Forum on October 4 in Steele Creek
2004) A County Commission Candidate Forum will be held on Monday
October 4 at 7 pm at Southwest Middle School at 13624 Steele Creek
Road (Highway 160). (The school is behind the new Steele Creek
Library. The forum will be in the auditorium/cafeteria, which is on
the right front corner of the building.)
The Candidate Forum will provide an opportunity for the At-Large
County Commissioner candidates to respond to prepared questions as
well as questions from the audience on issues relevant to the Steele
The two hour meeting will be hosted by John Carter of Channel 3 and
should inform future county commissioners of the issues specific to
Steele Creek and provide an opportunity for future commissioners to
address those issues.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education manages the schools, but
the County Commission determines much of the funding when it sets
the property tax rate. Will there be money to build the elementary
school planned near Winget Park that's needed to relieve
overcrowding at existing area schools?
The Library system and the Park and Recreation Department are
Mecklenburg County agencies, and the County Commission determines
their funding and general policies. The New Steele Creek Branch
Library just opened, and parks, greenways, and other open space need
to be preserved before development overtakes available vacant land
in Steele Creek. Do the candidates plan to devote attention to the
local library and to parks facilities to maintain and expand them to
meet the growing community's needs?
Questions also will address issues related to growth and
development, roads, culture and history, and planning.
This is an opportunity for the residents of Steele Creek to hear the
position of the candidates on our issues. Your attendance is
welcomed and encouraged.
The candidates for the 3 At-Large seats are: Democrats Parks
Helms, Wilhelmenia Rembert, and Jennifer Roberts, Republicans
Andy Dulin, Dan Ramirez, and Ruth Samuelson, and Libertarian Jack
Norman A. Mitchell currently represents District 2, which includes
Steele Creek. He is running unopposed for reelection.