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County Commission Candidates Forum on October 4 in Steele Creek

(September 26, 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 Creek Community.

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.

The 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 Stratton.

Norman A. Mitchell currently represents District 2, which includes Steele Creek. He is running unopposed for reelection.