Susan B. Harden Announces Candidacy for Mecklenburg County Commission District 5 Seat

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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 professor in teacher education at UNC Charlotte, 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 county commission.

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’s priorities include teacher advocacy; education reform, particularly improving teacher pay and access to early childhood education; healthcare advocacy to ensure access to healthcare, particularly for women and families; affordable housing for all sectors of the community; and pushing back against pre-emptive state laws that prevent Mecklenburg County from advancing solutions that make sense for our community.

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. susan@susanbharden.com, 704-651-4810