A writer for Politics365.com, a politics and policy news website for communities of color, says Charlotte City Councilmember LaWana Mayfield’s election as the city’s first openly gay or lesbian elected official is a good sign for Charlotte and the South.
Matt E. Stevens writes:
In a moment possibly indicative of the “New South” observers are talking about, barriers are quietly being torn down on the Charlotte, North Carolina city council. As the city enjoys a lift of national notoriety from the arrival of the Democratic National Convention in 2012, it’s also witnessing history within its local politics.
Now that she’s been elected, Mayfield wants to bring stability to real estate values, focus on solid economic development, and keep the community safe. She described her district as one with potential for additional investment if the area is marketed properly to businesses. Her district encompasses much of west and southwest Charlotte, including Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and some major interstates in the city.
And Mayfield doesn’t just talk about her area, she lives in it. Her home of 11 years is also in her district. It seems that her dedication to the neighborhood has finally put her in one of the best positions to advocate for it.