Coretta GrantQ: What is your background, and what qualifies you to represent the people of Concord?
A: I’m a registered nurse who married a mechanic and raised a schoolteacher, understanding along the way the needs of everyday people.
I moved to Concord 19 years ago, to work at Northeast hospital. Throughout these years, I have volunteered with the Community Free Clinic, Healthy Cabarrus, Sisters in Partnership and HIV/AIDS Awareness.
Then I spread my wings, volunteering with Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Mr. Murphy’s Christmas and CVAN.
Every step of the way, I have learned first to listen, to reflect, and then to act.
I will bring these same qualities to my work on the City Council.
Q: What do you see as the issues facing Concord right now?
A: The biggest issue I see facing Concord is growth.
With our population boom, we don’t have enough affordable housing options to meet the increased demand.
The City Council is responsible for managing this growth.
I see the role of a member of the City Council to step back, to listen and to oversee all parts of our city.
That includes infrastructure such as transportation, garbage collection, etc.; recreation such as public parks, recreation centers and green spaces; affordable housing through public-private partnerships as well as adequate resources designated for our homeless population; equipment and personnel needs for our police and fire departments.
Q: Why are you the best person for this office?
A: For the past five years I have attended almost every monthly meeting of the City Council.
I have taken an active role in city governance, learning firsthand the concerns of my fellow neighbors and listening to the dialogue.
I sit in the same seat, not unlike what I do in church, listening to agenda items and council motions. I go because I’m intrigued by how local government impacts all of our lives and my unwavering commitment to serve.
In short, I’m excited. I care about what local government does, and perhaps most important, I know what I’m getting into.
Q: What goals do you have for Concord, if elected?
A: We are fortunate to have a City Council who listens, robustly discusses, compromises when needed and works hard to look out for the best interest of Concord.
My goal is to take my leadership skills, my insights and my passion for local government and join a council where I can help to continue the work of serving Concord.
I’ll help guide Concord in the 21st century, being a good steward of our taxpayer dollars, working to address issues that are not always easy to talk about and continue to be actively engaged in the community.