Let’s talk about values… I have always been fiscally responsible, but I believe that people are what matter. I don't believe a county is a business. Sure, I believe that the economy is extremely important but I also believe there must be balance between the many responsibilities of local government. A county should invest in its people. Investing in people means truly valuing and funding public education which is equitable and accessible for all. Investing in people means healthcare, and a roof over your head ought to be accessible for our residents. Investing in people means protecting our collective environment and providing spaces for healthy living, playing and breathing. I believe in equality and autonomy for women. I believe it is important for the county to foster business development and job opportunities along with a diversified economy. I believe that as an elected official I am first and foremost a public servant. These are my values.
As Commissioners, a lot of the work we do is in committees. Here is a list of the committees and advisory boards I serve on:
Economic DevelopmentCommittee,Chair Environmental StewardshipCommittee IntergovernmentalCommittee Equity InvestmentsAd-hoc Committee Child Fatality Prevention & ProtectionTeam: BOCC Liaison Domestic ViolenceAdvisory Board: BOCC Liaison Public Education Steering Committee, North Carolina Association of County Commissioners Human Services and Education Policy Steering Committee, National Association of Counties Arts & CultureCommission, National Association of Counties
It was also an honor for me to be appointed to the first cohort of the Hunt Institute State Policy Fellows in 2021. The program was a deep dive into 0-5, K-12, and post-secondary education policy.
In 2020 I graduated from the Advanced Leadership (ALC) training, and achieved master status from the UNC School of Government in 2021. I am grateful for the investments made in my leadership and will continue to maximize and leverage every opportunity afforded to me on behalf of my constituents.
In 2022 I successfully completed the Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group’s Citizen’s Water Academy. Completion of this training program shows exceptional dedication to responsible leadership in dealing with issues related to the region’s most pressing water resource and environmental challenges.
This is my family. My husband Gavin, is President of Oriental Weavers Hospitality-US, our daughter Kathryn is an architect in Charlotte, Maria lives in NY and works in Communications, and Gavin is a senior at Appalachian State.
Paid for by the Committee to Elect Susan McDowell 6318 Falls Lake Drive Charlotte, NC 28270