MICHELE MORGAN FOR CATAWBA COUNTY COMMISSIONER
Michelle knows that we are all linked together—the person looking for a job today because she fell on hard times, has had issues with drug addiction, or faced other struggles—that same person may be the one doing the hiring in the future. A thriving arts culture creates jobs for artists and support staff, attracts locals and tourists to shops and restaurants, and serves as a magnet to attract and keep millennials in our county. All of these factors generate sustainable and lasting economic growth.
Right now, there are waiting lists for affordable housing and at the same time we are pouring money into expanding our jails. If we provide more affordable housing, we give someone a home, but we also provide them a place in our community and an economic step up. Putting a roof over one man’s head today may save taxpayers the money to build bars for his jail cell tomorrow.
When is the last time the County Commissioners asked your opinion? How is your voice being heard by local politicians? Michelle promises to listen to her constituents and provide a more user-friendly connection to the Commissioners
Despite major strides in civil and political rights, our county still has a long way to go when it comes to the issue of gender equality. It is disgraceful that in 2018, women in North Carolina are paid 82 cents to the dollar compared with men. Because many women are the head of their household, the wage gap results in lost opportunities for affordable childcare, reduced retirement savings, and a weaker economy for all individuals, regardless of gender. Catawba County can remain an attractive place for businesses to start and thrive while at the same time rewarding equal work with equal pay.