For County Commissioner 2020
It is time to make changes so we can better serve our citizens I need your vote to make government work for you!
It is almost impossible to serve all of Mecklenburg County as part-time elected officials. We will have to work with the NC General Assembly to make new districts for the County because the legislative branch designed the current districts in 2000
Because the state took over designing districts for Mecklenburg County in 2000 the state will have to approve any changes made in how we elect our County Commission.
About LLOYD SCHER
Lloyd Scher is a graduate of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. Before that, he earned an associate degree in industrial relations at Miami-Dade Junior College.
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force/Air National Guard, Scher was first elected to the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners in 1992. He was re-elected three times, serving through 2000. He has worked on numerous local public committees and boards, including the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, the North Carolina Film Council, the Regional Film Council and the City of Charlotte Zoning Broad of Adjustment.
Nationally he served as president of the National Association of Counties’ Aging Commission and on the N.C. Aging Study Commission. President Ronald Reagan appointed Scher to the White House Small Business Committee. N.C. Gov. Bob Scott appointed him to the Education Study Commission, which studied future needs of our schools.
As a foster parent, Scher experienced the daily and long-term challenges facing single parents, so he understands the issues they face, including education, medical care and budgeting for a family on a single income.
Scher is a successful businessman. He founded Video Taping Services in 1979, which grew to become a leader in presenting media news conferences. VTS has worked with local, regional and national television networks. Since 1986, the company has worked with the Atlantic Coast Conference, the NCAA and various private companies and organizations to provide video services. His company helped produce the first high-definition broadcast in the United States, working with a Japanese company for the NBA’s 1991 All-Star Game in Charlotte.
A businessman, an elected official, a nationally known leader on aging — Scher wants to use his talents and experience to continue serving the public. As an elected official, Scher has made involvement and service to his constituents a priority, and he plans to continue that service.
LLOYD SCHER is looking forward to again serving you on the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners.
Effective and Actionable
The education of our children is our most important responsibility. They are our future, and we must equip them to thrive, succeed and lead our county and nation.
The county has a fiduciary duty to provide needed money to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. We also must ensure that the money is being spent as required. For too many years the county just wrote a check to CMS and there was no review of how the money was being spent.
We should review the CMS line-item budget, as we did when I was a county commissioner in 1996. The commissioners earmarked certain funds to supplement teacher pay over the summer.
Class sizes have become too large, as the state legislature has cut funding to public schools and the county has been forced to pick up the slack. School bond money has been removed from promised projects and spent at other locations. That makes it hard to persuade voters to approve a new bond issue for schools, even when the needs are self-evident.
As a substitute teacher I have seen CMS class sizes go from around 25 students per classroom to as many as 36. These extra students put a burden on teachers, making it hard for them to give every student the one-on-one attention they need.
The CMS budget for fiscal 2019-20 saw an increase of $50 million. That brought the county’s total spending on CMS to $534 million – more than one-quarter of the county’s $1.9 billon budget. And that doesn’t include bond money for school construction.
I support the CMS budget but would like to see more money spent on teacher assistants for the inner-city schools. These schools have fallen behind the suburban schools for several years. Additional teacher assistants would help teachers provide that all-important one-on-one teacher time with students.
We must not take lightly our responsibility to make sure our children are equipped to thrive, succeed and lead.
Crime & Decriminalization of Marijuana
- Gun violence:
There were 108 gun murders in Mecklenburg County in 2019. Most of the killers and victims knew each other. The law does not allow us to prevent guns sales, but a local community can take certain actions to at least make it easier for police to track the guns used in violent crime.
I will propose a referendum to give the community a chance to approve a local sales tax on bullets and to require registration of all bullets sold in Mecklenburg County. The money from the tax would be used to support neighborhood anti-violence programs and to hire more police officers.
Local police also have a major concern about the sale of so-called “ghost guns.” These are guns without serial numbers, so they never get registered. Communities in other parts of the country have banned these guns, and those bans are being contested in the courts.
I would like to ban such guns in Mecklenburg.
If a teenager is arrested for simple possession of a small amount of marijuana, that arrest will appear on their public record forever. According to a report by the American Civil Liberties Union titled “The War on Marijuana,” marijuana arrests now account for more than half of all drug arrests nationwide. Shockingly, of the 8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010, 88% were for simple possession of a small amount of marijuana.
I will work to have the county adopt ordinances to decriminalize simple possession of marijuana, thus sparing young people from the burden of having a drug arrest on their permanent record.
It has shown that its program has worked to help families go from homeless to working, thriving families.
The county is responsible for providing social services to all citizens in Mecklenburg County. I believe it is important to expand self-help programs like Hope Haven. I will work with other agencies to create programs like Hope Haven, which has had great success working with the homeless: men alone as well as men and women with dependent children.
Hope Haven was founded in 1976 by Arietta Black and Alice Trotter with the mission statement “Foundation of recovery, providing life skills, for chemically dependent adults and families within a supportive residential environment leading to independence.” The organization’s has facility in Charlotte currently serves about 180 people, but that accounts for only a small fraction of Mecklenburg County’s homeless population.
I will work with Hope Haven and other similar organizations to support their efforts and guide more homeless people into productive lives.
ON-THE-JOB TRAINING FOR STUDENTS
In 1978 I worked as a vocational education counselor at Harding, West Mecklenburg and Olympic high schools, helping students find jobs through the class we provided. Classes also taught students how to save money and create a personal expense budget. We brought bankers in to teach students about banking and budgeting.
Students in these classes also had to pass regular basic classes of English, math and science, so the program reduced the number of credits required to graduate, as long as they maintained a positive work record. I personally made sure of this through regular visits to the places where the students were employed.
We need to restore this program to help students who want to work and learn a trade. I will work with CMS to restore it and to expand it to all high schools.
The climate crisis is upon us. It threatens to make the earth uninhabitable within the next 30 years, according to the great majority of scientific research worldwide. The county government should lead the way to help Mecklenburg keep our air and water clean.
Although we cannot solve the problem for the whole world, we can do a great deal to reduce our own carbon emissions, the main contributor to this crisis. First, the County Commissioners can work with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to purchase electric-powered school buses, so that we both reduce carbon emissions and protect our children. Second, although the county has little involvement with Charlotte’s CATS bus system, we can work with the City to encourage it also to purchase electric buses and to use smaller buses – which use less fuel – during off-peak hours. These steps will help keep air pollution down in Mecklenburg, contributing to better health as well as lowering carbon emissions.
I also will push the county to study the practicality of installing solar energy panels on all government buildings, including the Government Center, the courthouse and all schools. That could greatly reduce our electric bills as well as reducing the amount of electricity we use that’s generated by burning coal. It also will produce more and more jobs in energy-saving industries. The same is true of using fluorescent or LED light bulbs, which use less electricity than standard lights.
I already have experience in leading the county in clean water efforts and flood prevention.
In my previous terms as a County Commissioner I helped prevent clear-cutting of trees around Mountain Island Lake to protect our main source of drinking water. I supported the move to require replanting to replace large trees that were felled to make way for construction.
I also voted for the sales tax that kicked off the funding of the successful LYNX electric-powered light rail system.
But the county still can do more: We can replace older windows in public housing and schools using double window glass to prevent leakage of heated or cooled air, saving a great deal of money on our energy bill. We can maintain our parks and greenery, which contribute clean oxygen to our air.
Future public buildings as well as construction of affordable housing should include double-paned windows, and energy-efficient light bulbs, plumbing and appliances.
Expanding our mass transit systems – with careful attention to who will use it and how – also will save gasoline and cut down on air pollution.
I will work with other elected officials to encourage them to support these ideas.
There is so much more we can do, but these are essential starting points for Mecklenburg County.
Ready to take the next step and support LLOYD SCHER?
-Please help me succeed in my campaign for County Commissioner at Large.
I am proud of the campaign we are running, and I promise that I will work hard for all the people of Mecklenburg County.
Now I need people to make calls to voters, as well as people to talk to voters in person by walking through neighborhoods and knocking on doors.
We also need volunteers to work early-voting locations and at the polls on Election Day. I do not plan to hand out any materials to voters at the polls. Most voters avoid taking printed materials from candidates, because they have already made up their minds when they get to the polls. Instead I will provide long-sleeve campaign shirts for my poll workers to wear at the polling places. I’m asking my poll workers simply to thank voters for coming out to vote and to ask them to vote for Lloyd Scher.
To volunteer, please call me at 704-845-9083 / 704 506-4020 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you, and let’s work together to make our county an even better place to live!