In Charlotte, thousands of women marched. That was only the beginning.
Jim Morrill, Charlotte Observer, 1/19/2018
To say Susan Harden was moved by last year’s Women’s March in Washington may be an understatement.
“The enormity of what I experienced had a pretty profound impact on me,” says Harden, 50. “I was very inspired.”
So much so that Harden, who teaches education at UNC Charlotte, plans to launch her bid for Mecklenburg County commissioner at Saturday’s anniversary march in Charlotte.
She’s one of thousands of women across the country who have translated last year’s passion into activism, even candidacies. For many women in Charlotte and across the country, the march has become a movement.
So far, nearly 600 women have declared their intent to run for Congress or statewide offices, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. That’s twice the number who’d announced by this time in recent elections.
Susan B. Harden went to Washington a year ago to join millions participating in the Women’s March there and in cities across the nation and globe. She took to heart the call for more women to take on government leadership roles.
On Saturday, Harden will head to uptown Charlotte to join this year’s Women’s March, where she’ll also launch her campaign to become a Mecklenburg County commissioner.
A college professor in teacher education, Harden, a Cotswold resident, is seeking the District 5 seat. The district includes a vast range of south Charlotte neighborhoods, from Myers Park and SouthPark to the corridors of South Boulevard and Monroe Road.
Harden believes her college degrees in economics and finance, her educational expertise, community involvement, and a long history of collaborating with people of diverse backgrounds have given her the experience and perspective needed to serve effectively on the Board of Commissioners.
Harden, a Democrat, says she wants to help find long-term solutions to the complex issues facing Mecklenburg County.
She says she’d offer a fresh perspective on issues such as funding public schools, combatting the opioid epidemic and helping residents on fixed incomes facing rising taxes from escalating property values. She vows to work with colleagues across the political spectrum to make sound decisions about growth, infrastructure investments, public health and protecting the environment.
“Rapid growth, partisan acrimony and narrow political interests have hampered efforts to solve our most challenging problems,” Harden said. “Most people just want their elected leaders to do their jobs. I truly believe that people from different backgrounds with different beliefs can collaborate to solve the problems we face, and do what’s best for the residents of Mecklenburg County.”
Susan and Brian Harden have been married for 25 years. They have two daughters, Anna, a UNC-Chapel Hill student, and Katie, who attends Myers Park High School.
Contact: Susan B. Harden. email@example.com, 704-651-4810