Posts tagged Susan B Harden
Charlotte Observer: How will $11M Rental Subsidy be spent
Benches on North Tryon are part of the homeless population's turf due to the lack of affordable housing.

Benches on North Tryon are part of the homeless population's turf due to the lack of affordable housing.

A trio of proposals to use Mecklenburg County’s $11 million allocation for rental subsidies would target those most in need of housing, including people who are very low-income, elderly, chronically homeless or experiencing domestic violence.

Commissioner Susan Harden said the proposals mirrored the board’s earlier conversations about priorities around affordable housing and the county’s most vulnerable residents.

“I’m seeing populations in here we talked about: the moms that need a little extra (help), the veterans, the seniors, domestic violence (victims),” she said. “I’m very moved by the thoughtful nature that is being presented to us.”

New Commissioners on WFAE's Charlotte Talks

Susan Harden, along with other new Mecklenburg County Commissioners Susan McDowell (District 6), Elaine Powell (Vice Chair and Commissioner, District 1), and Mark Jerrell (District 4), were interviewed on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks to discuss their priorities.

Listen to the show here, or watch the interview via Facebook video.

WBTV: Molly Grantham 1-on-1 with Susan Harden

Susan’s first interview after winning her race for County Commission District 5 was with WBTV’s Molly Grantham. Here she shares that she’s thrilled to be a part of the “Year of the Woman”. “This means the issues that women care about may very well get addressed,” she said. “We know that when women run, women win. And when women win, they really do champion the issues in their lives."

See the story here.

My Camino de Santiago Journey

On Instagram last week, People of Charlotte shared my story about my Camino de Santiago journey to Portugal last year.

People of CLT, check out Susan’s amazing story below. You can do anything you want to do! To mark my 50th birthday in the summer of 2017, I decided to take a three-week solo pilgrimage and walk the Camino Portugues from Porto Portugal to Santiago Spain. I had never travelled for pleasure alone and I wasn’t sure that I could meet the physical demands of the walk. This trip was pushing me outside of my comfort zone, but I wanted that experience. A pilgrimage is a ritual journey and the pilgrim is transformed along the way. This was certainly true for me. As I walked the daily journey of 10 miles with a pack on my back along the stunningly beautiful coastline of Portugal, I had time to be alone with my thoughts. Pilgrims say that every step is a prayer. I thought about all of the blessings in my life: my 25-year marriage, my almost grown kids, my aging parents who were a constant source of support, my dear friends, a wonderful job as a professor, and a community that I love. At the end of the 150 mile journey, I felt strong, powerful, and peaceful. I knew that if I could walk the Camino, I could run for office, even though I knew it would be hard. I heard the call to serve and here I am. @susanbharden 

Press: People of Charlotte
People Of Charlotte     article, Aug 1, 2018

People Of Charlotte article, Aug 1, 2018

Thank you, People of Charlotte, and Arden McLaughlin, for this great interview. It is an honor to be featured amongst so many fantastic Charlotteans making a difference in our community.

As shared in the article, “I teach teachers to be community leaders; to engage the community,” and I appreciate People of Charlotte’s focus on our region’s leaders.

Things got real for me at the beginning of this calendar year. My students challenged me to take service learning to another level ... to run for public office!

As a professor at UNC Charlotte, I am passionate about teaching, about educating teachers, and about shaping our county with great education. “The fact that I’m an educator and a mom fits in with what Mecklenburg County does.” County Commissioners deal with human services; things like parks, schools, mental health, and libraries — the things that make us great.

My vision is to make Mecklenburg County the Southern destination for teachers. I want all the great teachers to move to Charlotte.

Find the entire article, and lots of other great features, at

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

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., 704-651-4810