District 2 of Mecklenburg County's Board of County Commissioners has been in need of fresh leadership for a very long time and Lula Dualeh has stepped up to offer the type of leadership this district has been sorely lacking. Lula moved into District 2 with her parents when she was six years old. She grew up in the district, went to school in the district, and has spent her entire adult life in the district. She knows first-hand the needs and concerns of the residents on Mecklenburg County's West Side.
Lula is focusing on economic development, education, and transportation - issues that are vital to West Side residents. Her words are so much more powerful than mine, so I am sharing them here for each issue.
District 2 is a large district with communities extending from Biddleville to Steele Creek. Throughout those areas, we have a tale of two communities where there is extreme prosperity and poverty. And while I’m proud of the district that raised me, I know that behind every shocking statistic are real tears, real people suffering. District 2 deserves a fierce champion who will fight for all of District 2, not only certain communities. Recently, we have read, heard and seen developers express their vision for District 2, many times without the community input. As a connector, I will fight to ensure our communities concerns are met when developers begin to build for a future we all would love to see. I believe District 2 a renaissance of history, culture and excitement where we highlight and celebrate our wonderful communities. Where we have walkable businesses and beautiful parks all while preserving our historical integrity. I promise to always represent you and our District’s best interests as your next County Commissioner.
As a graduate of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Central Piedmont Community College and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, I understand and appreciate the luxury I’ve been afforded by receiving an education. Even as a child, I valued education highly because I knew it was not accessible to everyone, including my immigrant parents. I believe education is the cornerstone to success, that is why I will fight to protect students and teachers in making sure they have what they need, in order for us flourish as a community. Each and every person, at any age, should have equal access to resources and a quality education, no matter what zip code he or she is born in. I will work tirelessly to make sure we strengthen our education system in Mecklenburg County, not diminish the quality of our future.
We can not discuss economic growth without discussing a strong transportation system in District 2. Many constituents in District 2 are suffering from lack of transportation options. As your next County Commissioner, I will make sure that I always fight for reliable transportation and infrastructure for a stronger economy in Mecklenburg County. We must have greater transportation choices such as creating a light rail system from the East to West corridor. A county commissioner has the ability to create strong, safe, more mobile options to connect all communities in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. However, it’s important we election an official who not only has leadership qualities to fight for new transportation options but take all actions to see these options come to fruition.
Lula's parents came to the United States from Somalia before Lula was born and moved to Mecklenburg County just as Lula was scheduled to start elementary school. She excelled in English and writing and she followed that passion to New York, Africa, and Europe where she supported herself as a freelance writer. After returning home, she completed her college education at UNCC, earning the prestigious Sandra Y. Govan Award for Excellence in African-American Literature.
Professionally, Lula has served the League of Conservation Voters in 2014 as a lead organizer and with Action North Carolina as a Women Voting Our Values’ organizer. She also served as a field organizer for Senator Kay Hagan.
Lula is endorsed by the AFL-CIO Central Labor Council and Equality NC. The Charlotte Observer chose not to endorse in this race though they had nothing but positive comments for Lula.
Lula Dualeh is a smart, energetic community organizer making her first bid for office. The 28-year-old Phillip O. Berry Academy and UNC Charlotte graduate shows great promise, and voices a heartfelt desire to help her westside neighbors. Should this campaign fall short, we hope she deepens her civic resume and seeks another chance to serve.