On Monday, filing opened for candidates running for Charlotte City Council. More than a dozen filed their official paperwork. (See our story, “Candidates file for Charlotte elections.”)

This year, qnotes will be asking each candidate a set of four questions designed to gauge their support of the LGBT community and issues important to it.

We’ll be asking:

  1. Would you support a proposal to extend equal employment protections on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity if brought to a vote of the council?
  2. Would you support the extension to city employees with same-sex partners of certain benefits and privileges currently and already offered to employees with opposite-sex spouses, including funeral leave, use of sick days to care for their partners and medical/dental benefits?
  3. Would you support the extension of protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in the city’s Commercial Non-Discrimination Policy (Charlotte City Code, Chapter 2, Article V)?
  4. Would you support the adoption by city council of a legislative agenda that includes items to (a) seek legislative approval to extend public accommodations and public housing ordinances to include both sexual orientation and gender identity, (b) oppose the state’s 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, a statute which bans recognition of same-sex marriages, and (c) oppose any attempt to pass a state constitutional amendment that would ban recognition of same-sex marriages, civil unions, domestic partnerships and other legal arrangements?

The four questions have already been sent to the candidates who filed on Monday. We’ll publish their responses as we receive them and use their answers to inform our editorial staff’s endorsement process this year.

Endorsements for Charlotte City Council primaries will be published in either the Aug. 20 or Sept. 3 print editions. The primary election will be held on Sept. 13. The last day to register to vote for the primary is Aug. 19. Our endorsements for the general election, held on Nov. 8 this year, will be released on Oct. 1. The last day to register for the general election is Oct. 14.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.