On episode 58 of the Nooze Hounds podcast, Ryan Pitkin sat down with Marjorie Molina, the newly elected District 5 representative on Charlotte City Council. Molina beat out a crowded field of Democrats in the May 17 primary and will run unopposed in the July general election.
Molina will fill the seat left open by Matt Newton, who vacated it in order to run for district court judge. You can revisit Episode 57 to hear Ryan’s discussion with Dante Anderson, who will fill the seat left vacant by Larken Egleston in District 1.
In this episode, Marjorie Molina explains how spending nearly 20 years living in Charlotte, more than half of which in east Charlotte, led her to engage in community work and eventually decide to run for office.
Molina originally applied to fill the District 5 seat vacancy left by John Autry in 2016, though current at-large member Dimple Ajmera was appointed to that seat. This year, however, was the first time Molina campaigned for an elected seat on council.
Pitkin and Molina discussed some of her goals upon joining council in September in relation to the specific needs of District 5, which encompasses much of the Monroe Road, Independence Boulevard and Albemarle Road corridors, running out to far-east Charlotte and bordered to the north by University City.
The two talked about the upcoming Eastland development and how to ensure the diverse array of immigrant business owners and workers are included in the coming economic growth rather than displaced, as well as the differing needs of residents in the more rural areas of far-east Charlotte, where a lack of infrastructure is what drives anxiety around development.
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