FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2017
Jill Coward, CWA of NC State Director
CWA of North Carolina Co-Hosts Charlotte Municipal Candidate Forum
Charlotte, NC – Last Wednesday, October 18, on the eve of the first day of Early Voting in Charlotte’s municipal elections, Concerned Women for America of North Carolina (CWA) partnered with Frederick Douglass Foundation of North Carolina and Jesus Ministry, Inc. hosting the Charlotte Municipal Candidate Forum at First Baptist Church in Charlotte.
Approximately 25 candidates, Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians, running for Mecklenburg County School Board, Charlotte City Council, and City of Charlotte Mayor attended and responded to questions on issues such as:
- Faith, Family Values, and Religious Liberty
- Community Relations
- Economic Development / Affordable Housing
- Infrastructure and Sustainability
- Law Enforcement / Crime Prevention / Community Involvement
- Student Performance Improvement
- Education Alternatives / School Vouchers
- Vocational Training / Rehabilitation = Crime Prevention
Mr. Clarence Henderson and Dr. Bonnie Chavda moderated the forum. Mr. Henderson is a civil rights activist who participated in the 1960 sit-in at Woolworth’s lunch counter while a student at North Carolina A and T College in Greensboro. He is currently President of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of North Carolina. Dr. Chavda is a co-founder and senior pastor of All Nations Church and Chavda Ministries International. She serves on the Executive Board of Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center and Advisory Board of Shiloh University.
Jill Coward, State Director for CWA of North Carolina, stated that in the last municipal elections in 2015, less than 15% of Charlotte’s registered voters elected liberal Mayor Jennifer Roberts who sought to introduce a radical bathroom ordinance which resulted in hyper-negative attention to North Carolina. “We believe if we offer the citizens the opportunity to be educated about their candidates, they would understand the importance of going to the polls and voting their values,” Coward said.