The Hottest Takes Ever with Christine Edwards, Mecklenburg County, NC

Everyone has a “hot take” these days from the talking heads at ESPN to political pundits filling the air on cable. ELGL cannot (and will not) be left out. We are asking new members to give us their hot takes on an array of issues.

Christine Edwards


Community Relations Coordinator at Mecklenburg County

Connect: LinkedIn and Twitter

Write the headline for your life story.

“Millennial manager’s wildly successful career comes to a satisfying end at the ripe old age of 40”

What three things would you change about local government?

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I would promote the availability of free resources more often. Often times, our public has no clue they have access to all this public information, open data, meetings, resources, speaker’s bureau, boards and councils. I would encourage government to promote these services more often. This could do so much to dispel some of the mistrust the public have for government and it’s leaders.

What’s that?

I would encourage government to innovate more. Embrace new ideas from local voices. Local governments are labs for State and federal policy. Things that can be done at the neighborhood level can often be replicated nationally.

Look back but move forward.

Oftentimes, local governments look to other municipalities to gauge where they should go next. You cannot appreciate
where you are now if you do not know where you’ve been. Embrace your history more.

If ELGL gave you $10 million right now, what would you do?

I would donate $6.5 million to various local foundations who know how to give huge amounts of dollars to those who need it the most. I would purchase. $1 million in Alphabet stock and $1 million in Amazon stock. I would use some of it to start an initiative called glass house in which I would encourage the public to hold government to higher standards of openness. Some of it would be used to start a scholarship fund for young professionals to attend networking/development events. Awareness is nice, but opportunity is better. I would use the rest to pay off student loan debt and purchase
my parents a new home.

Would you rather have the ability to be invisible or the ability to fly?


I’d have to go for invisibility. Makes for good people-watching

What’s the meaning of your life?

Tough question. I am not sure I have come across the meaning of my life just yet but I’ll say something corny here like the meaning of everyone’s life it to simply “be”. Be aware of your own consciousness. When you think about that, nothing else really matters.

Supplemental Reading

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Empowering Creativity through Education-Charlotte’s Media Ecosystem


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  • C Williams

    Nice read. “Awareness is nice, but opportunity is better.”